Gitmo Hunger Strikers Forced Into Single Cells
US troops battle prisoners in pre-dawn raid
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2013 2:46 PM CDT
A Guantanamo detainee's feet are shackled to the floor as he attends a "Life Skills" class inside the Camp 6 high-security detention facility on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base.   (AP Photo/Michelle Shephard, Pool)

(Newser) – Over two months into their hunger strike, detainees at Guantanamo Bay today clashed with US forces who moved them from communal cell blocks to maximum security single cells. "Some detainees resisted with improvised weapons, and in response, four less-than-lethal rounds were fired," the prison camp said in a statement. "There were no serious injuries to guards or detainees." Troops performed the pre-dawn raid during a media blackout, just hours after Red Cross delegates had left the prison, the Miami Herald reports.

A letter written by a Gitmo detainee claims that another prisoner moved from a communal camp to isolation cells tried to hang himself in his cell, though military officials deny it, reports the Guardian. Other hunger strikers may also be in danger: "There are people in critical condition. Death is a distinct possibility," said a lawyer who represents the hunger strikers. Advocates for the detainees say there are now over 100 prisoners participating in the hunger strikes, but the US military puts the number at 40—11 of whom it says are now being force-fed.

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Apr 14, 2013 11:28 PM CDT
Try them or let them go. Stop wasting resources on them. Free up the guards so they can be put to good military use. And if they refuse to eat, well that's their civil rights under American law. Every other person on earth has civil rights in our country whether they are here legally or not. What a joke the politicians have made of our country.
Apr 14, 2013 7:08 PM CDT
gitmo is the sound of our constitution being shit on , its time for the nation to regroup. screw both parties and vote your rights back . turn off the news and open your eyes
Apr 14, 2013 3:16 PM CDT
If they want to go on a hunger strike just let them. Their choice. Supply them with food and water and let them decide what to do. Screw the force-feeding bs.