Activists Join Gitmo Hunger Strike

RINF Alternative News


Activists around the world have begun a week-long fast as an act of solidarity with Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are on a month-long hunger strike, with some activists planning to fast every Friday until the prison is closed.

The fast is part of ongoing protests against the Guantanamo prison and the treatment and the conditions of the inmates.

Organized by the Guantanamo prisoners support group Witness Against Torture (WAT), the fast will last until the 30th of March.

“We will gather for action in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other cities domestically and internationally next week to denounce the barbaric practice of torture and indefinite detention and to demand justice for the men at Guantanamo,” said WAT.

As a result of mistreatment by guards, over a hundred of Guantanamo prisoners have been on a hunger strike since February.

WAT has been trying to put pressure on the US government to close the prison since 2005 through non-violent action, and has organised annual fasts of solidarity  since 2010.