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March 31, 2013

Guantanamo Bay detainees continue hunger strike

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

The White House Deputy Press Secretary, Josh Earnest says that President Barrack Obama is aware of the hunger strike situation in Guantanamo Bay. He was quoted by The Australian as saying, “I can tell you that the White House and the president’s team is closely monitoring the hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay.” This response comes after Red Cross delegates were sent to the military prison earlier than scheduled to intervene in the detoriating situation. Earnest said, “We give them full access so that they can take a look at what’s happening at the prison there.”

After beginning their hunger strike on February 6, detainees at Guantanamo Bay have continued their protest in response to their uncertain future at the US military facility. Aljazeera has reported that there are 31 protesters refusing food, with up to 11 inmates being tube fed due to their deteriorating conditions.

Guantanamo Bay inmates are continuing their hunger strike
Image: Joshua Brus.

The indefinite imprisonment of the Guantanamo Bay inmates has been the motivation for protests like this in the Guantánamo Bay hunger strikes past. The New York Times reports however that inmates are protesting the systematic searching of their cells as this stike’s motivation. They also claim the deteriorating situation at the military facility has also been fuelled by President Obama’s pledge to shut down the facility at the beginning of his first term.

Activists around the world last week joined the inmates’ hunger strike in an attempt to force the US Government to close the facility. Human rights activist, Andy Worthington, quoted by Russia Today, states that inactivity on their behalf “would be victory” for those wanting to keep the prison in operation.



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