Crime

SÃO PAULO — The body of 18-year-old João Antônio Donati was found on Wednesday on wasteland in Inhumas, a town near the Brazilian city of Goiânia, Goiás state.

According to his family, Donati – who was openly gay – had gone out on Tuesday evening to a bar with friends and never returned home.

Less than a day later, he was found dead with a badly beaten face, and plastic and paper stuffed in his mouth, which caused his death by asphyxia, according to an initial autopsy.

Local police say they are not ruling out homophobia as the cause of the murder, but denied rumours that the teenager’s body was found with a note with a homophobic message.

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Anadolu Agency

SAO PAULO (AA) – Four inmates were killed in a prison riot in southern Brazil on Sunday, local media cited the Paraná State Prison Department as saying. 

Two of the dead are known to have been beheaded and a number of others have been injured at the facility in the city of Cascavel. The other two fatalities occurred when a number of prisoners were pushed off the roof.

At least two prison guards are still being held hostage. Some reports say one guard had been freed.

(UPDATE: Monday, 15:00 — Officials who were negotiating an end to the riot suspended work on Sunday night, but restarted efforts this morning. As of 3pm there is still no change in the situation.)

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO – Damage of over US$1 million was wrought by acts of vandalism by Black Bloc elements during an anniversary march led by the MPL (Free Fare Movement) in the streets of São Paulo on Thursday evening.

As a major World Cup tie between England and Uruguay got underway on the other side of the city, the MPL-coordinated march gathered around 1,300 people in the city centre, according to military police figures.

Although it began peacefully, it ended in a major damage to at least 10 bank branches and a luxury car showroom.

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GUARUJÁ, SÃO PAULO STATE – Police in the Brazilian city of Guarujá, in São Paulo state, have arrested a man and are searching for further suspects after a woman died after being beaten by locals as a result of rumours posted online.

The woman, Fabiane Maria de Jesus, 33, was attacked by a group of people on Saturday in the coastal city after being mistaken for a suspected kidnapper rumoured to use children in black magic rituals, whose photo appeared on a community page on Facebook.

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Security arrangements planned for this year’s World Cup, which set out to boost the number of military police patrolling the streets of Rio de Janeiro, have been implemented ahead of schedule, as levels of violence in the city continue to rise.

Some 2,000 military police will patrol the city’s streets from Monday, Rio’s Secretary of Public Security told the Anadolu Agency, but declined to elaborate as to where police efforts would be focused.

A spokesperson for Rio’s military police also told AA that an additional 490 officers would complete training this Friday and would join the 2,000-strong contingent on patrolling duties.

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