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July 10, 2013

29,000 US prisoners on #CAHungerStrike

Inmates say prison conditions amount to 'torture'.

Photo taken on  I-80 freeway on the pedestrian overpass near University Avenue by Facebook user Mindy Stone.

The largest prisoner hunger strike in the US state of California’s history is currently underway. Organised by a group of prisoners in the Pelican Bay State Prison, an estimated 29,000 inmates across the state have refused to eat since Monday to protest what they say are inhumane conditions. The highest on their list of grievances is a policy of solitary confinement which inmates call “state-sanctioned torture.”

Dozens held rallies and vigils to show support for the hunger strikers.