The Guardian, “Italian anarchist’s hunger strike rekindles debate over harsh prison regime”

Alfredo Cospito has lost 45kg during protest over solitary confinement and says he ‘just wants to live’

By Angela Giuffrida, February 3, 2023

An Italian anarchist on hunger strike over a harsh prison regime usually reserved for mafia bosses has said he “just wants to live”, as his supporters reportedly threatened a serious attack in connection to his case.

Alfredo Cospito has lost about 45kg (7st) since beginning his hunger strike in October, and this week he was transferred from a maximum security prison in Sardinia to Milan’s Opera prison owing to his deteriorating health.

His case has rekindled a fierce debate in Italy over a prison regime known as 41-bis, which involves solitary confinement in tiny cells for inmates considered to be a risk even from inside jail.

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