[ View the story "Guantanamo until death?" on Storify] Guantanamo until death? Detainees protest indefinite detention through hunger strike.
The Stream· Wed, Apr 24 2013 12:20:38
The Guantanamo hunger strike received more attention after an
by detainee Samir Naji al-Hasan Moqbel appeared in The New York Times.
More than half
of those imprisoned are participating in the hunger strike and Moqbel is one of at least 16 who are being
Moqbel told his story to his lawyers through an Arabic interpreter.
It was so painful that I begged them to stop feeding me. The nurse refused to stop feeding me. As they were finishing, some of the “food” spilled on my clothes. I asked them to change my clothes, but the guard refused to allow me to hold on to this last shred of my dignity.nytimes.com
In an exclusive to
, Saudi-born British resident
writes about his experience in detention. Aamer has been cleared twice for release yet remains incarcerated.
Have you ever tried going without food for 24 hours? Today, I am on my 68th day. But a man in my block has been on strike since 2005. Can you imagine it? He's only alive today because the Americans force-feed him, preventing him from making that ultimate statement of principle, the same one they have on their New Hampshire licence plates: "Give me freedom, or give me death."guardian.co.uk
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The camp has housed
since its establishment in 2002. The following
by the American Civil Liberties Union shows the countries in which detainees were captured.
British journalist and author
has written extensively about the situation at Guantanamo Bay. Below, he discusses US President Barack Obama's broken promise to close the detention camp.
Andy Worthington Rips President Obama for Not Closing Guantanamoliamh2
Pres. Obama closes Guantanamo Bay and ends inhumane treatment of detaineeshrfnyc
11 arrested on steps of NY court house. #witnesstorture #guantanamo #hugerstrike2013 #closegtmovisiitor
Some netizens expressed dissatisfaction with the Obama administration's management of the detention centre.
4 years, 3 months, 1 day since President Obama signed an executive order to close #Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. #gtmoWitnessToGuantanamo
Solidarity with the 84 Guantanamo bay prisoners on hunger strike against their indefinite detention. Obama's worst broken promise.Faron Bloomfield
Some found President Obama's comments about the Boston Marathon bombing to be inconsistent with the situation at the camp.
Obama 'vows justice'. Great! Does this mean Justice for GTMO prisoners on hunger strike and Iraqi? #Justice #BostonMarathonJodie Evans
Old drone strike Obama lecturing about the cowardice of others. He’s even bragging ‘we have courts’. How’s the Guantanamo closure going?Andy Dickinson
Others netizens, however, responded with a mixture of sarcasm and scorn for the prisoners.
Hunger strike at Gitmo? Good, let 'em starve themselves. Then they're Allah's problem and not ours.Stephen Lawson
Apparently half of the inmates at Gitmo are on hunger strike. Why does anyone care? Do us a favor and die from starvation, saves tax $Tom Riek
You know, Gitmo detainees are complaining they are being force fed to keep them healthy on their hunger strike... Okay, so stop feeding them. Slow suicide is fine.Alicia Martha Miller