Editors. "Bread riots in Milan are put down with heavy loss of life". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
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In Milan, riots break out over the rise in food prices that was leading to famine conditions. The government declares a state of siege in the city, and the riots are quashed with heavy loss of life. Between 100 and 400 people die in the course of the violence.