The CPR migrant repatriation centre in Gradisca d'Isonzo, northeastern Italy | Photo: ANSA/Alice Fumis
The CPR migrant repatriation centre in Gradisca d'Isonzo, northeastern Italy | Photo: ANSA/Alice Fumis

An attempted revolt and escape took place at a migrant repatriation center in Gradisca d'Isonzo, northeastern Italy. The incident occurred during the night between Friday and Saturday and ended in three arrests as well as serious damage to the facility.

Clothing and furnishings were set on fire at the migrant repatriation center (CPR) during the night between Friday and Saturday, when migrants being held at the center attempted to revolt and escape.

Police officers and health workers were sent to the scene; firefighters from the Gorizia fire department put out the fire.

Three migrants were arrested. They are being charged with physical assault, resisting a public official, aggravated damage, and damage due to fire.

Officer and migrant injured, three arrested

One Carabiniere police officer suffered minor injuries after trying to intervene to calm the unrest. The officer was reportedly hit in the head by an object, possibly a piece of plexiglas that had been shattered, and was taken to hospital.

One of the migrants being held at the center was also slightly wounded.

Some migrants tried to escape during the attempted revolt, which took place in rooms and the entrance of the CPR, but they were blocked from leaving.

The revolt was quelled quickly, and an investigation is under way to determine exactly what happened.

There are currently 75 people being held at the CPR, which is located not far from the border with Slovenia in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.


 

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