Monday, September 9 2019

1971 Attica revolt begins

The USA has a greater portion of its population behind bars than any other nation. "Land of the free"??

The Attica (New York) State Penitentiary revolt began on September 9, 1971. The interracial revolt was led by blacks but featured cooperation between prisoners of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

It was finally brutally suppressed by the state five days later, upon orders from Gov. Nelson Rockefeller who refused to become directly involved. 29 prisoners and 10 guards were shot and killed by attacking state troopers in the bloodiest prison confrontation in U.S. history. The prisoners had been demanding improvements in their living and working conditions at the increasingly overcrowded facility.

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