Italy: In a Trough of Trouble Again

More terrorism, hardship and scandal provoke gloom

In the maximum security prison of Irani in southern Italy, 70 inmates held on suspicion of terrorism had risen up in rebellion, seized 18 guards as hostages and taken over a prison wing. Their sweeping demands for exchange of the hostages included the closing of all nine of the country's maximum security prisons and the abolition of new antiterrorist laws. The demands were not met. Instead, one afternoon last week two helicopters loaded with specially trained troopers landed on the prison roof at the same instant...

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