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Fire started at Schrassig Prison following inmate protests

Protests were only brought under control in Schrassig Prison at 1:20am
Protests were only brought under control in Schrassig Prison at 1:20am
Photo: Marc Willwert

(ADW) Police and firefighters were called to Schrassig Prison on Monday night, east of Luxembourg City, when a protest by inmates resulted in a fire.

The drama began at about 9:40pm when 19 inmates in one of the cell blocks began what police describe in their report as an “uprising”.

A short while later a fire was said to have been ignited in a common room area of the prison. Through a broken window, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and material damage was limited.

However, the protest continued and it wasn’t until about 1:20am that the situation was brought under control.

There were also claims that fires were deliberately started in several cells, however this has not been confirmed.

No injuries were reported. The reason for the protests have not been revealed to the press at this stage, however more is expected to be known when Luxembourg Justice Minister Felix Braz holds a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

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