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A FORMER prison in Italy is to be turned into a huge tourist attraction similar to Alcatraz in the US.

The €70m renovation will include a museum and tours of the prison as well as hostels and an on-site bar.

9A former prison in Italy is to become a tourist attractionCredit: Alamy

Located in Santo Stefano, the tiny island can only be accessed by scuba divers or fisherman, with no main dock for tourists, and is surrounded by rocks and shipwrecks from World War II.

It was formerly used to house prisoners especially during the 1930s and 1940s led by the Fascist government, and it's creepy past saw those who were taken there tortured, and the few who tried to escape drowned.

By the 1950s, it was transformed into a more regular prison with a movie theatre and football field built, as well as a bakery and even shops to let prisoners use a trade such as bricklayers and cooks.

Prisoners could even use their own currency to shop and were allowed to paint their rooms.

The prison eventually closed in 1965 and abandoned.

9The prison is located on the island of Santo StefanoCredit: Alamy

9The former prison closed back in 1965 and was abandonedCredit: Alamy

9In the 30s and 40s, many prisoners were tortured or drowned trying to escapeCredit: Alamy

9By the 50s, it was a much more regular prison and inmates could even paint their cellsCredit: Alamy

There are limited tours to the island right now, but involve a steep 40-minute hike and can only take place when the seas aren't rough.

However, it's remote location is likely to cause problems for tourists wanting to visit,

Silvia Costa, the Italian official overseeing the project, told CNN Travel: "There is no light, no running water. Access is tricky."

His plans include a "multimedia open-air museum" with a walking exhibtion of the prison.

The former jail director house and football field will be converted into accommodation with plans for 30 hostel rooms.

9The prison does currently offer tours, but include a 40 minute hikeCredit: Alamy

9The conversion hopes to include a museum and hostelCredit: Alamy

9There will even be a cocktail bar with views of Mount VesuviusCredit: Alamy

9A large performance event space could make use of the circular shapeCredit: Getty

Other plans include turning the horse-show shaped building into a performance and event space.

They also hope to open a cocktail bar by 2025, built where where the bakery used to be - with views of Mount Vesuvius.

Mr Costa said: "We want the island to draw visitors all year-round, not just during the crowded summer months.

"Tourism must be sustainable, but Santo Stefano will be more than that.

"It will be a hub for world academics uniting on key issues such as green policies, human rights, freedom of speech, European citizenship and Mediterranean dialogue."

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Video of Black woman being dragged by her hair in sports bar ignites protests in Washington, D.C.

On Sunday evening, people gathered to protest outside of Nellie’s Sports Bar, a gay bar in Washington, D.C., after a disturbing video went viral that appeared to show a Black woman being dragged by her hair down the stairs. Dragged by whom? Allegedly, a member of the bar’s security team. It’s unknown what precisely led to the incident, but it’s deeply, inarguably unacceptable for someone to be removed from an establishment in this violent, demeaning fashion. Period. Keisha Young, a 22-year-old from Maryland, identified herself as the woman being dragged in the video. 

“I want them gone,” she said during an interview with local outlet WUSA9 in reference to the bar, after being asked what she wants to happen next. 

Young elaborated on her experience, saying, “It was an altercation in there … They were trying to get some other people out because somebody else brought a bottle in there. Somehow I got mixed up in an altercation because I look like somebody else ... And I got hit and dragged down the steps.” She stressed she did “nothing wrong” and she remembers simply walking up the steps and then “being dragged right back down the steps.”

When asked what it was like to see the video of herself being dragged by the steps, she said, “It’s a little bit much.”

You can watch that interview below.


Keisha Young, 22, of Md., says she was the woman seen being dragged out of Nellies in that viral video on IG. When I asked her what should happen next, she said, “I want them gone”. (@wusa9)

— John Henry (@JohnHenryWUSA) June 14, 2021

"An apology is not going to get rid of the bruises on my body," Young said in response to the statement issued by Nellie’s, as reported by local outlet WJLA. The same outlet reports that it contacted the Metropolitan Police Department and was told they received no service calls for Nellie’s related to the incident. 

Some protesters marched to the home of the owner of Nellie’s, also located in the U street neighborhood, which you can see below.


How many MPD cops does it take to guard a home?

Answer: About 50.

Protesters voice concerns at home of Nellie’s owner. Protest have just left to continue march #JusticeforKeisha

— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) June 14, 2021

And here are videos and images from the protest, where people share why they’re showing up for the young woman in the video, and why it’s especially important during Pride Month. 


“She was dragged like an animal”

Protest outside Nellie’s bar after pulling Black woman down the stairs by her hair. #JusticeforKeisha #DCProtests

— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) June 14, 2021


“We are asking ppl to protest and boycott Nellie’s Sports Bar because the owner doesn’t care about Black ppl”

The fuller back story of what happened via @ItsNeeTay #JusticeforKeisha #DCProtests

— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) June 14, 2021


Protest returns to Nellie’s Sports Bar.
The general mood #JusticeforKeisha

— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) June 14, 2021


“We need to remember that Pride was a riot. The first Pride that we know of was a riot led by Black people and brown people.”

- @PrestonMitchum, leading a protest against Nellie’s, a DC gay bar, after a Black woman was dragged out by her

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 14, 2021


“Out of the bar, into the streets!”

When you’re walking home and come across this protest outside Nellie’s. As @JohnHenryWUSA is reporting, many are demonstrating after a video surfaced of a woman being dragged down a flight of stairs inside the business last night. @wusa9

— Matthew Torres (@News_MTorres) June 14, 2021


“Nellie’s has the audacity to have Black Lives Matter sign in their window. Nellie’s is racist AF”

Protest outside Nellie’s Sports Bar after pulling Black woman down the stairs by her hair. #DCProtests

— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) June 14, 2021

Nellie’s posted a statement to Facebook, saying: “We were incredibly upset and disturbed to see the unfortunate event that took place at Nellie’s last night. We are undergoing a full investigation of the situation. At Nellie’s we foster an inclusive and safe environment, so events like this are completely unacceptable to us.”

This incident is not the first time Nellie’s has had to issue an apology—you might remember that back in 2017, the popular sports bar apologized after displaying a “blue line” flag. The establishment removed the flag, but people—and especially people of color—have not forgotten.

You can watch coverage of the protest, and the interview with Young, below.

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And lastly, you can view the video of the incident below. As a warning, the violence is graphic and may be disturbing to viewers. 

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