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45th Anniversary of Attica Prison Uprising Observed

HeadlineSep 09, 2016

The prison strike comes on the 45th anniversary of the uprising at Attica state prison near Buffalo, New York. It was September 9, 1971, when state police raided the Attica prison, ending a protest against inhumane conditions at the facility. For four days, the unarmed prisoners held 39 prison guards hostage. On September 13, then-New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordered armed state troopers to raid the prison. Troopers then shot indiscriminately more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition. In the end, 39 men would die, including 29 prisoners and 10 guards.

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