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13 Jun 2018

Prisoners protest, claim watching FIFA World Cup is their right

Prisoners in Argentina protest ahead of World Cup

In Argentina, inmates of a prison have gone on a hunger strike to protest against faulty cable network.

The inmates, at Puerto Madryn jail, have stated that cable television is an indispensable right for everyone. They are eager to watch Lionel Messi-led Argentina play in 2018 FIFA World Cup.

This protest comes days before Argentina play their first game against Iceland on June 17.

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Prisoners in Argentina protest ahead of World Cup
What is the key issue for these prisoners?


What is the key issue for these prisoners?

The cable network hasn't been functioning in the jail for the last three days.

Around 9 inmates, of this prison, have decided not to intake any food until the problem is solved.

Further, these prisoners have also filed a legal suit.

Their 'only' demand is that they want to watch Messi and Argentina on television, which is located in common area of the jail.


Messi the messiah for Argentina

Entire Argentina and Messi fans, all around the world, know the impact the talisman could have for Argentina.

In 2014, Argentina lost in the final against Germany.

Football pundits think that Argentina can win the World Cup only if Messi performs.

The goal-scoring machine sees his side being dependent on him and he will be charged to give it all this term.

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Argentina's World Cup schedule and timings

Argentina's first game is against Iceland. The match is scheduled on Sunday, 6:30 PM. They turn their attention to Croatia next on June 21, before playing their final group game against Nigeria on June 26. The matches can be watched live on Sony Ten network.

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