BRASILIA – The head of Brazil’s Youth Secretariat, Bruno Julio, presented his resignation after making some scandalous remarks in which he praised the recent massacres in several prisons in the states of Amazonas and Roraima, sources in the President’s Office told EFE on Saturday.
His resignation, presented Friday night, was accepted by President Michel Temer and will be published in the official gazette, according to local media, also citing sources in the Brazilian President’s Office.
Julio, of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) led by Temer, presented his resignation after he was quoted in the daily O Globo as saying there should be “a massacre every week” in the nation’s prisons when commenting on the recent cases of bloodshed behind bars.
“There should be more killings (of prisoners), there should be a massacre every week,” said the ex-head of the Youth Secretariat, a dependency of the presidential Cabinet.
Since the year began, there have been violent brawls inside some Amazonas and Roraima jails, which in all have left 90 inmates dead.
At least 31 prisoners were found murdered on Friday in the corridors of the Monte Cristo Agricultural Penitentiary (PAMC) in Boa Vista, capital of Roraima, while another 56 were killed between Jan. 1-2 in at Manaos, capital of Amazonas, following a fight between rival gangs.
Four more lives were taken at another Manaos prison, while this week in a jail in the state of Paraiba there were two more fatalities.
Amid yet another prison crisis in the country and after the shock that met his statement, Julio published a note on Facebook saying “everyone is very shocked about the death of those convicts.”
“Much more than when a criminal kills the father of a family who is going off to work or returning home.”
The recent violence in prisons reflects the crisis in the Brazilian penitentiary system due to overcrowding, abysmal living conditions and constant clashes among rival criminal organizations.