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June 3, 1988
Two men wielding revolvers burst into a southern Brazil bank, seized hostages and demanded the equivalent of $50,000 and a getaway car, Brazilian police said. Police inspector Alcides Lorenzo said no one had been harmed and that 20 police officers were surrounding the Bank of Brazil office in Goioere, a town of 20,000 about 550 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro. All customers, the security guards and women bank tellers initially taken hostage were freed, a police source said.
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February 19, 2001 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA and PAULA GOBBI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A coordinated wave of riots blamed on a powerful inmate gang swept through 21 prisons in the tense penal system of Brazil's Sao Paulo state Sunday, leaving at least eight people dead and thousands of hostages in the hands of rioters. The epicenter of the violence was the correctional complex at Carandiru, Latin America's biggest penitentiary, which holds 8,000 inmates.
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January 5, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Police hurling tear gas stormed a prison in southern Brazil on Monday night in an unsuccessful attempt to end a daylong rebellion in which 27 people were taken hostage, a security official said. Two of the 27 hostages reportedly managed to flee when a special police unit of about 20 officers charged into Jacui prison with revolvers drawn and throwing tear gas.
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December 31, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Inmates holding more than 600 hostages at Sorocaba prison west of Sao Paulo promised to end their standoff today, prison officials said Tuesday. The standoff began Sunday when a group of inmates, reportedly dressed in women's clothing, tried to escape. When guards recognized the prisoners, a shootout erupted, killing one inmate and a woman visiting her jailed husband.
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December 31, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Inmates holding more than 600 hostages at Sorocaba prison west of Sao Paulo promised to end their standoff today, prison officials said Tuesday. The standoff began Sunday when a group of inmates, reportedly dressed in women's clothing, tried to escape. When guards recognized the prisoners, a shootout erupted, killing one inmate and a woman visiting her jailed husband.
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August 14, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Four heavily armed fugitives in south-central Brazil on Sunday released their three hostages, including two television reporters, and made a getaway in a plane provided by authorities, police said. According to authorities, the four traded their captives for an aircraft and pilot to end a three-day standoff with police on a highway near the town of Presidente Prudente, 635 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro. They were armed with hand grenades, submachine guns, pistols and shotguns.
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November 6, 1992 | Associated Press
Amazonian Indians angered by the murder of their chief's son have seized 400 hostages on a jungle highway, officials said Thursday. The hostages were taken Tuesday by Guajajara Indians, who surrounded eight passenger buses and three trucks as they were driving along a remote Amazon highway. The hostages have gone without food and water in the harsh sun since Tuesday, the National Indian Foundation said.
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March 16, 1994 | MAC MARGOLIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Knife-brandishing inmates overpowered guards and seized Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider, a cleric who was once regarded as a candidate for the papacy, in a prison uprising Tuesday in Fortaleza, a city on Brazil's northeastern coast, police said. Two inmates died in a shootout during the hostage-taking, and at least two prison guards were wounded, authorities said.
NEWS
October 6, 1989 | From Reuters
Kidnapers have freed Brazilian businessman Luiz Salles, owner of an advertising agency, after receiving a ransom of $2.5 million, police said Thursday. Salles had been held for 65 days.
NEWS
February 19, 2001 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA and PAULA GOBBI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A coordinated wave of riots blamed on a powerful inmate gang swept through 21 prisons in the tense penal system of Brazil's Sao Paulo state Sunday, leaving at least eight people dead and thousands of hostages in the hands of rioters. The epicenter of the violence was the correctional complex at Carandiru, Latin America's biggest penitentiary, which holds 8,000 inmates.
NEWS
March 16, 1994 | MAC MARGOLIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Knife-brandishing inmates overpowered guards and seized Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider, a cleric who was once regarded as a candidate for the papacy, in a prison uprising Tuesday in Fortaleza, a city on Brazil's northeastern coast, police said. Two inmates died in a shootout during the hostage-taking, and at least two prison guards were wounded, authorities said.
NEWS
November 6, 1992 | Associated Press
Amazonian Indians angered by the murder of their chief's son have seized 400 hostages on a jungle highway, officials said Thursday. The hostages were taken Tuesday by Guajajara Indians, who surrounded eight passenger buses and three trucks as they were driving along a remote Amazon highway. The hostages have gone without food and water in the harsh sun since Tuesday, the National Indian Foundation said.
NEWS
October 6, 1989 | From Reuters
Kidnapers have freed Brazilian businessman Luiz Salles, owner of an advertising agency, after receiving a ransom of $2.5 million, police said Thursday. Salles had been held for 65 days.
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August 14, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Four heavily armed fugitives in south-central Brazil on Sunday released their three hostages, including two television reporters, and made a getaway in a plane provided by authorities, police said. According to authorities, the four traded their captives for an aircraft and pilot to end a three-day standoff with police on a highway near the town of Presidente Prudente, 635 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro. They were armed with hand grenades, submachine guns, pistols and shotguns.
NEWS
June 9, 1988
Two Brazilian bank robbers finally made their getaway with $98,000 and three hostages but left behind $19,000--in what they called a token of thanks--in the small-town bank they had held for nearly a week. Police gave in to the bandits' demands for $117,000 on Saturday but then dragged out negotiations in an apparent effort to wear them down.
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January 5, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Police hurling tear gas stormed a prison in southern Brazil on Monday night in an unsuccessful attempt to end a daylong rebellion in which 27 people were taken hostage, a security official said. Two of the 27 hostages reportedly managed to flee when a special police unit of about 20 officers charged into Jacui prison with revolvers drawn and throwing tear gas.
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