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The population in Brazil consists of 144 million people Brazil is one of the fastest-growing nations in the Western Hemisphere Its population is increasing at the rate of about 2 a year The constitution of Brazil gives the president tremendous powers For example the president may intervene in affairs of Brazils states The chief executive may even create new states from existing onesBrazil has three main ethnic groups-whites blacks and people of mixed ancestry Most of the whites are from Europe According to the Brazilian government whites make up about 60 of the nations population and people of mixed races form about 30 However the government of Brazil counts many lightskinned people of mixed ancestry as white Brazils ethnic groups generally get along well with one another Racial discrimination in Brazil if far less widespread than that in many other countries with people of several races But Brazilians of European descent have had better educational opportunities As a result they hold most of the higher jobs in government and industry Many of the non-Europeans particularly blacks have excelled in the arts entertainment and sportsBrazils prison system system is in crisis Four years ago in its 1990 urban violence report Amnesty International described the prisons as being at breaking point holding double their official capacity in inhuman conditions Four years later the situation has not improved In some respects it has deteriorated Overcrowding lack of medical and legal assistance torture and ill-treatment of inmates and harassment of visitors are endemic A frightening and rising proportion of prisoners carry the HIV virus In the Womens Prison of Soo Paulom around 33 of the inmates are infected with the virus while in the male prison the figure reaches 27 of the prison population A study published in 1994 shows that the majority of prisoners are yourn poor and blackagroup of inmates in the Desembargador Vidal Pessoa Central Prison of Manaus Amazonas held a peaceful protest against conditions
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