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IW 05

USA

Guantanamo: Hunger strike in hell

 

Guantanamo is hell itself. Several hundred prisoners —without trial or charges— are literally stored under infra-human conditions. It is a concentration camp par excellence of yanqui imperialism. An unsustainable situation which has already been going on for years and which has even provoked an innocuous “warning” from the UN.

Under the brutal conditions in which they find themselves, subjected to daily tortures, a group of prisoners began a hunger strike calling for their conditions of detention to be adjusted to what is dictated by the Geneva Convention for “prisoners of war”. Bush refused to give them that status, which would imply a series of safeguards for the detainees and which, in addition, would prevent them from being tried, as is now occuring, by secret military tribunals. Neither, for the same reasons, are they conceded the status of “delinquents”. The detainees of Guantanamo are in legal limbo: they are considered “enemy combatents” (individuals who do not belong to a regular army), without any rights at all.

The strike is spreading and support is growing for it inside the prison: the number of prisoners joining in has now reached 84. The death of one of the strikers could be mortal for a government in crisis such as Bush's. For this reason, in violation of the new laws and norms which consider forced feeding of detainees a form of torture, they are being fed through the placement of probes “from the nose to the stomach or intravenously” (idem). Since, moreover, those probes or injections are applied by mere guards (and not by doctors or nurses) they are provoking all kinds of upsetting conditions among the strikers (hemorrhages, vomiting)...

Detainees without defence and suffering torture... It's a good thing they are the champions of democracy and human rights!

The Fourth International demands the immediate release of all the political prisoners of imperialism.