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Political Prisoners Beaten

Novara, Italy On January 30, 1990, 20 political prisoners (members of the Red Brigades) held a sit-in, in the political prison to protest the continued solitary confinement of a fellow prisoner based on a guard's trumped up allegations. After 30 minutes of refusing to return to their cells, the prison warden led 80 guards armed with fire hoses, clubs and shields to clear the yard. Many prisoners suffered broken hands and serious head injuries, some were beaten on the way to the prison dispensary.

The beating of the political prisoners is part of the Italian government's pacification campaign to force its political prisoners to renounce their political ideals and identities. Another attempt to crush its internal opposition.

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