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Swedish Prisoners Mutiny

On July 23, 1994, prisoners at the Tidaholm Prison, 200 miles Southwest of Stockholm, Sweden, refused to return to their cells at lock up time to protest the solitary confinement given to three prisoners after a fight earlier that day. Prison officials stated that some 115 of the 165 prisoners participated. The mutineers climbed onto the roof of a workshop and threatened guards who withdrew. The prisoners also set fire to the prison's guardhouse, school and workshop.

The prisoners surrendered after a show of force by prison officials when the latter received police reinforcements from Stockholm. A prisoner interviewed on national radio said tensions had been running high at the prison due to overcrowding.

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