Hunger Strike Spreads to Half of Gitmo
84 detainees join protest
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 22, 2013 7:23 AM CDT
This April 16, 2013 video frame grab reviewed by the US military shows live streaming video of detainees' cells at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.   (AP Photo/Suzette Laboy)

(Newser) – Guantanamo Bay's hunger strike is spreading fast. Eighty-four of 166 detainees are now engaged in the protest, up from 52 less than a week ago, the BBC reports. Sixteen are being force-fed and five have been hospitalized. "How can the military, even the military, hope to maintain discipline over a prison camp where there is absolutely no hope for those men confined here?" asks a US military lawyer. In the Independent, detainee Shaker Aamer puts the number striking at "well over 100." "I remember the motto on the New Hampshire license plate: Live Free or Die. I may have to die," he writes. Another striker voiced his views last week.

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Riffran
Apr 22, 2013 4:53 PM CDT
start walk in suicide clinics there..problem solved. ***Special on C-4 lined vest today! Try the first one on free, one pull only!
1freeusa
Apr 22, 2013 2:48 PM CDT
The biggest problem I see here is the wasted food that we prepare for them.....sequester those funds and open up the white house again. Let monsanto develop a islamicide and end the problem
tran_tor
Apr 22, 2013 1:31 PM CDT
Like many things that are important, freedom is a difficult thing to maintain. The shame of Gitmo is that all those there are, as declared by our laws, innocent, as they have not been proven guilty. For the vast majority, they have not been given due process, not been charged, not been tried. Again, a failure to maintain our law and principle of right to a speedy trial. For all those who play judge, jury, and executioner for these prisoners, whom most of you all know nothing about, I remind you, that power swings both ways. It is only a matter of time before the power to imprison without charge, and without trial will affect your friends, not just your enemies.