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92 Gitmo prisoners on hunger strike

2013-04-24 22:20

Miami - A US military spokesperson says the number of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay labelled as hunger strikers has been raised to 92 based on evaluations by medical personnel at the US base in Cuba.

The new figure is up by eight from a day earlier and represents more than half of the 166 men held there.

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House says the military arrived at the new figure on Wednesday, because doctors have been able to evaluate prisoners more closely after moving them to single cells out of a communal area.

That move sparked a brief clash between guards and prisoners on 13 April.

Lawyers for prisoners have been saying since the strike began in February, that the military was under-counting the men refusing to eat in protest of their confinement.

Comments
  • Ivan Beers - 2013-04-24 22:49

    detained and tortured repeatedly without a trial , shackled and locked up worse than dogs , its time the US set these innocent humans free! if theyre guilty , charge them and conduct a fair trial, keeping them locked away serves one goal , to keep them silent on the tortures and human rights abuses carried out by the US>

      Sheldon Matthys - 2013-04-25 09:31

      @Ivan I would like the thumb downers to come up with a counter statement.

  • Karl Klopjag - 2013-04-24 22:51

    Gitmo is America's Buchenwald.

  • Pierre De Villiers - 2013-04-25 02:37

    America can only restore it's image if they bring the people responsible for all this to justice. It is not just Gitmo, it is the kidnapping in Europe (rendition) and the torture centres in rogue countries. America needs to apply the same justice to themselves as they applied to others. The Nurenburg trials clearly set down the law and norms of what is expected in war conflict and that was over 70 years ago.

  • Simphiwe Charlie - 2013-04-25 06:25

    And America want's to preach to the world about democaracy and human rights...yeah right.

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