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Paraguay may use army to control prisons plagued by Brazilian gangs

Paraguay may use army to control prisons plagued by Brazilian gangs

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March 12 (UPI) -- Paraguay is considering the use of its armed forces to control detention centers housing the Brazilian gangs leading recent prison riots in the country. Vice President Hugo Velazquez, acting on behalf of President Mario Abdo, who traveled to meet with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, said officials are considering using the army to help dissuade violence. "We are going to use the armed forces dissuasively outside the jail, so as to avoid these things," he said. The recent incidents involve inmates in Paraguay that belong to the First Capital Commando criminal band, which operates in Paraguay and Brazil. The group has nearly 300 inmates in Paraguay. On Monday, the group took four jail guards hostage at the Concepcion jail. Released after several minutes, one of freed...