Chelsea Manning Goes on Hunger Strike

She's protesting lack of treatment for gender dysphora
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2016 6:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two months after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, Chelsea Manning is again pleading for help, reports NBC News, this time in the form of a hunger strike she began at the all-male prison at Fort Leavenworth on Saturday. "I need help. I am not getting any. I have asked for help time and time again (for gender dysphoria) for six years and through five separate confinement locations," Manning said in a statement, adding that those requests have "only been ignored, delayed, mocked, given trinkets and lip service by the prison, the military, and this administration."

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Of her hunger strike, she says "this is a peaceful act" and that "until I am shown dignity and respect as a human again, I shall endure this pain," which she expects "will last for a long time .. Quite possibly until my permanent incapacitation or death." Manning is also now refusing to cut her hair in defiance of military rules. She has submitted a "do not resuscitate" order. (Read more Chelsea Manning stories.)

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