• Short Summary

    Prison guards and state police surrounded New Jersey's maximum security jail on Thursday (25 November) after some 600 rioting prisoners held at least six hostages.

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    Prison guards and state police surrounded New Jersey's maximum security jail on Thursday (25 November) after some 600 rioting prisoners held at least six hostages.

    The prisoners, who rioted after a film show the previous night, took over an auditorium and two other prison buildings.

    But late on Thursday night the prisoners released hostages and gave up control of buildings after the authorities agreed to listen to their grievances. These include an end to alleged racism, brutality and drug trafficking by guards.

    This film is from NBC, an alternative commentary is attached.

    SYNOPSIS: State troopers accompanied newsmen into New Jersey's maximum security prison on Thursday after a riot by some 600 prisoners. The prisoners, who rioted after a film show the previous night, were holding six hostages - including the prison warden. They also took over an auditorium and two other prison buildings.

    The prisoners demanded to see State Governor William Cahill. But they warned authorities not to rush them, because they did not want anyone to die. Throughout this year, this prison has been plagued by sporadic violence.

    At least II guards were injured -- three with stab wounds -- as they tried to free the warden. Water and electricity was turned off in the rioter-occupied buildings.

    The prisoners were protesting against alleged racism, brutality and drug trafficking by prison guards.

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    Film ID:
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    Media URN:
    VLVAAWSWKJ6LF4VH2F1ZDUWLZZ1X5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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