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50 years ago, St. Cloud prisoners rebelled. Their beef? Too much pork

 


Two hundred National Guard soldiers, armed with rifles, were called out to end an inmate hunger strike at the St. Cloud Reformatory in July 1966.

The 25-hour hunger strike by 186 prisoners erupted on July 18 in the recreation yard and ended the next day when the National Guard surrounded the protesters. The last of the 36 prisoners surrendered and returned to their cells about 10 minutes after the soldiers arrived.

The inmates’ beef was over pork.

http://www.startribune.com/prisoners-beef-too-much-pork-50th-anniversary-of-st-cloud-prison-rebellion/387498351/

 

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