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Prison locked down after inmate climbs light pole

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A prison in Australia was shut down by the acts of one out-of-control inmate on Saturday afternoon.  The incident took place at the  Ravenhall Remand Centre in Victoria.

The inmate who has not been named publicly, staged what is being called a “life-threatening protest” on top of a light pole.

The 32-year-old man was said to have climbed up the pole around 11am where he remained most of the day refusing to communicate with officials below.

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Staff worked together successfully to pile up mattresses at the bottom of the pole in case the man were to fall.

While it is not known why the inmate is protesting, Yahoo News reported that officials say this is not the first time that prisoners have staged a protest. Back in June 2015 more than 300 angry inmates protested on the prison grounds damaging fences and destroying equipment in retaliation for an institution wide ban on smoking.

There is some speculation that this is fallout related to the ban.

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