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MILAN, ITALY – Seven dead as coronavirus measures trigger prison riots across Italy. Inmates, many angered by restrictions on family visits, went on the rampage and started fires from Sunday into Monday, authorities said.
In one prison, inmates took guards hostage and in another, some escaped.
By Monday afternoon, violence that started at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy had spread south, hitting more than 25 prisons nationwide.
Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede said the government was open to discussing prison conditions but the rebellions had to stop. In a sign of the political pressures piling onto his coalition government, the leader of the far-right opposition League, Matteo Salvini, called for an “iron fist” response.
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