There are about 100 strikers, 30 of whom are being force-fed.
Reports continue to emerge of detainees collapsing from hunger in solitary confinement, while others remain shackled to hospital beds.
And remember, 86 of the 166 prisoners in Gitmo — a significant portion of the strike — have already been absolved of any terrorism charges and cleared for release. Not surprisingly, they make up a significant portion of the strike:
The hunger strike is being carried out not only by “suspects” being held at the facility, but many detainees who have long since been cleared for release, and who the administration simply never seems to get around to releasing. After years of waiting, many see death as the only way out, and the force-feedings as just one more arbitrary punishment.
— Alice Walker, on seeing (and eventually meeting) Dennis Banks, a founder of the American Indian Movement. Read more.
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