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IN ROME PRISON Dangerous Hostility Of Public To Police Rec. 11.30 a.m. ROME, July 23. A new and more serious riot broke out in the Regina Coili Gaol, when guards discovered great groups of prisoners digging an escape tunnel under the wall while others were engaged in throwing tiles from the roof against the police to distract attention from the tunnellers. A fire, which raged all night, caused the collapse of the prison's central tower. Large numbers of prisoners relatives gathered outside the prison and showed dangerous hostility to the police. A so-called Partisan group is reported to have instigated the mutiny of prisoners. * They were dissatisfied with the slowness of the judicial procedure. A British -correspondent in Rome says that some British troops armed with rifles arrived in lorries. A few shots were heard, but the governor of the prison said that they were not fired by the British, but by Italian police, because some of the prisoners had tried to break out. One at least was seriously wounded. Although the prisoners apparently quietened down after the shots were fired, the roads outside were crowded with police and Italian armoured cars stood by with their guns trained on the main entrance of the prison.

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SERIOUS RIOTS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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SERIOUS RIOTS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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