Italy – Revolts in numerous prisons 8 and 9 March 2020

At this precise moment revolts are taking place in various jails in Italy: Modena, Salerno, Pavia, Opera and San Vittore (Milan), Poggioreale (Naples), Frosinone (near Rome) and also in Vercelli, Palermo, Alessandria (near Turin), Bari and Foggia.
The decree of 8th March (putting 14 provinces in quarantine, the whole of the region of Lombardy and the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza,
Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara,
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Tréviso, and Venice) set things off. The direct, cruel impact of this decree for all the prisoners: suspension of visits at least until the 3rd of April.
For Modena, a fire that started from a burning mattress ravaged part of the « male » prison in the afternoon, in the sanitary areas. The registration office where the prisoners’ files are kept was also burned. The mutineers took over the common areas up to the reception, which they barricaded themselves behind causing about twenty screws and health personnel to flee. Cops in anti-riot gear then landed, beat up and dislodged them. Certain prisoners had managed to reach the exercise yard on their way to escape. Later in the evening when the penitentiary police came back inside the walls, some were still barricaded.
The prisoners in the « female » section also joined the revolt by fire.
Three prisoners (at least) are dead. Two screws were wounded during their flight.
Fire having sabotaged the machine, about 80 prisoners, male and female, were transferred by bus. People there in solidarity heard « Bologna » being shouted from the bus.
In Pavia, this evening (8 March) the revolt has been going on since 19.30 after prisoners’ visitors came and shouted at the gates against the closure of visiting rooms.

Prisoners set fire to mattresses, some climbed on to the roof, 2 screws were held hostage by some determined prisoners who snatched the keys from them to free dozens more of their prisoner comrades. It seems that the two shits in uniform were freed at around 11pm…

In Frosinone (south of Rome), about one hundred prisoners barricaded themselves in a section of the prison but the police dislodged them. According to the journacops, the prisoners had made out a list of demands, among which visits, and attempted to negotiate with the direction.

A Poggioreale, Naples (in the biggest jail in Italy with over 2,200 prisoners) many prisoners’ families gathered outside the walls and blocked the surrounding traffic to show what was going on inside. Some prisoners hoisted themselves up on to the walls surrounding the exercise yard and about thirty of them climbed on to the roof shouting their rage against the suspension of visits.
In Opera (Milan) over a hundred prisoners ransacked everything within reach.
In Salerno, where the revolt took place the previous evening, a whole wing of the prison was devastated.
For the moment the news is being given in short bursts, and perhaps tomorrow we will have more…
Because « Fire to the prisons » is not a magic formula but a real practice to sabotage the prison machine…
Solidarity with all the mutineers! Of all the cages, all the prisons, camps, detention centres..
Long live the virus of anarchy !

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Italy : Revolts in numerous prisons – 8 and 9 March 2020