They Have Lost Hope: Gitmo Hunger Strike Grows

Abby Zimet

In frustrated response to inaction by the Obama administration and a harsh February shakedown of cells, the hunger strike at Guantanamo is spreading, with as many as 100 of 166 prisoners refusing food for the last month. Red Cross workers arrived this week ahead of schedule to check on strikers, force feedings are on the rise, fainting spells are common - though dismissed as fake by prison officials - and many say an inmate death is inevitable. In solidarity, activists this week launched a week-long fast, and plan rallies and vigils. Meanwhile, the mainstream media remains largely, appallingly, inexplicably silent.

"Nobody else is talking about this subject... If people disappeared into an illegal black hole in Russia and were facing indefinite incarceration, without trial, without charge and without access of attorneys, we'd never hear the end of it. The Western media would be full of it... they'd be screaming from the rooftops." - British MP George Galloway.

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