(FOX NEWS) -- Italian penitentiary police said Monday that six inmates protesting virus containment measures at a northern Italian lockup have died after they broke into the infirmary and overdosed on methadone.
The protest Sunday in Modena was among the first of more than two dozen riots at Italy’s overcrowded lockups that grew Monday. Human rights advocates have been warning that increasing tensions over fears of coronavirus were hitting inmates particularly hard, especially after restrictions were imposed on family visits to prevent transmissions.
On Monday, inmates climbed onto the roof of the San Vittore prison in Milan and held up a painted sheet reading “Indulto,” Italian for pardon.
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