Mos Def Attempts Force-Feeding in Gitmo Protest

He's unable to complete the process
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2013 10:16 AM CDT

As force-feeding of 44 detainees continues at Guantanamo, Islamic leaders are calling on the US to halt the process during Ramadan, which begins today. (The prison has said it will perform the force-feeding at night during the holy month.) To underscore the point, actor and rapper Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, has been filmed being force-fed under standard Gitmo procedures—or attempting to be. In the 4-minute video, which was released to the Guardian, the star grimaces and moans as the procedure begins; after an attempt to insert the feeding tube fails, he begs "please, don't" and can't continue the process. He explains in the video, "It feels like something is going into my brain ... I really couldn't take it." (Read more Mos Def stories.)

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