Hunger Strike Grows at Guantanamo

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fence line around the courtroom for the military commissions taking place at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

With all the national headlines over the last week -- bombings and a manhunt in Boston, explosions in Texas,  and the Senate's great debate over gun control -- a growing hunger strike by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay escaped most Americans' notice.

The U.S. military says that 94 prisoners are now on a hunger strike at the detention facility, and the military is force feeding 17 of them. The prisoners' attorneys dispute that number, stating that 130 of the 166 captives joined the strike two months ago. The Miami Herald's website has an interactive graph tracking the U.S. military tally of hunger strikers at Guantanamo.

Miami Herald correspondent Carol Rosenberg recently returned from Guantanamo with the latest on the growing hunger strike and the prisoners' demands. 

Guests:

Carol Rosenberg

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

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Why not ignore the hunger strike like ignoring the Philadelphia doctor trial?

Apr. 25 2013 09:47 PM

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