Civil Liberties

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Continues, 36 Being Force Fed

No one's stopped just because Obama made a speech


A long-running hunger strike by detainees at Guant√°namo has worsened since Barack Obama promised action to close the controversial prison camp in a landmark speech last Thursday.

On the eve of Obama's address, there were 103 prisoners on hunger strike, with 31 being force-fed by military authorities and one in hospital. Since then, not a single prisoner has stopped their strike, and now 36 of the detainees are being force-fed to keep them alive, with five of them being hospitalised.