Sunday, January 25, 2009

2000 immigrants in detention center meant for 800

Migrants break out of overcrowded Italian facility

The Associated Press/Washington Post
Saturday, January 24, 2009; 11:24 AM

ROME -- Hundreds of migrants and refugees broke out of an overcrowded immigration facility on a Sicilian island Saturday to protest their treatment, authorities said.

About 600 people forced open the gates at the facility and marched toward the center of the island of Lampedusa before making their way back, according officials at the facility and news reports.

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