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May 30, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The number of Guantanamo Bay detainees participating in a hunger strike has ballooned from three to about 75, the U.S. military said Monday, revealing growing defiance among prisoners held for up to 4 1/2 years. Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand called the hunger strike at the U.S. naval base in southeastern Cuba an "attention-getting" tactic to step up pressure for the inmates' release and said it might be related to a May 18 clash between detainees and guards that injured six prisoners.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - More than 12,400 California prison inmates were officially on hunger strike Thursday, having refused state meals for at least three days, officials said. About 1,300 prisoners did not attend classes or go to their jobs. It was unclear how many others were participating in the protest, which began Monday with about 30,000 inmates. Corrections officials confirmed they would discipline striking inmates, who object to conditions in solitary confinement and also have grievances about prison food, rehabilitation programs and other policies.
WORLD
April 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 400 North Koreans being held in a Thai immigration facility have launched a hunger strike, demanding that they be sent to South Korea, Thai police and an activist group said. Thai immigration police Lt. Col. Pricha Daengsirirat said South Korean diplomats came to help negotiate with the refugees at the detention center in Bangkok, the capital. The officer said delays in the resettlement were not the fault of Thai authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1997
A Santa Monica environmental activist remained hospitalized Thursday after collapsing this week at the end of a 26-day hunger strike protesting the giant Playa Vista development. Jerry Rubin, director of the Los Angeles Alliance for Survival, was rushed to Saint John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica on Tuesday night suffering from starvation and dehydration. Doctors placed him on intravenous fluids and ordered him to drink some juice.
NEWS
September 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Two additional hunger strikers starved to death, bringing to 38 the number of deaths in a protest by leftist militants against Turkey's new high-security prisons. Zeynep Arikan, 33, died in a house in an Istanbul suburb where about 10 other militants are also fasting, the prisoner support group Ozgur Tayad said. Ali Riza Demir, 27, another hunger striker, died hours later. Both had consumed only sugared or salted water for months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - State authorities have sent independent monitors into nine California prisons to keep watch on an inmate hunger strike that will soon enter its third week. More than 630 inmates continued to refuse meals Friday, officials said, as prison infirmaries treated six of them for conditions including dehydration, dizziness and disorientation. More than a dozen additional prisoners had lost 10% or more of their body weight, medical officials said. Monitors for the state inspector general, who conducts independent reviews of the state prison system, fanned out to the prisons this week.
NEWS
August 3, 1989 | JOHN H. LEE, Times Staff Writer
A group of 25 people protesting the actions of the South Korean government ended a four-day hunger strike Wednesday at a South-Central Los Angeles church. The demonstrators, who ranged from students and businessmen to ministers and a 12-year-old girl, began their fast Sunday to coincide with a hunger strike begun a day earlier by a young South Korean woman. The woman, a 20-year-old college student named Im Suk Yong, was denied permission to return to her country after visiting North Korea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1997 | KIMBERLY SANCHEZ
August Spivey, a Native American activist of Newport Beach, began a hunger strike Wednesday to protest a Bowers Museum program honoring black soldiers who fought the Indians. After eating two eggs over easy, potatoes and rye bread--his last meal for perhaps two weeks--Spivey, a 53-year-old Cherokee, stood outside the Santa Ana museum with a sign hanging from his neck: "Hunger Strike--Buffalo Soldiers Voluntarily Participated in Holocaust of Indians."
WORLD
August 28, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
A septuagenarian anticorruption activist ended a 13-day hunger strike Sunday with a glass of coconut water after India's Parliament bowed to his demands, agreeing to create a powerful, independent lokpal , or ombudsman, with authority to go after high-level corruption. Whether or not the new agency has teeth or ultimately does much to stem endemic corruption remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that activist Anna Hazare ("Anna" is an honorific title meaning elder brother)
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May 4, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Obaidullah, an Afghan villager captured with diagrams of improvised bombs, has marked nearly 11 years as a detainee at the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Three months ago, outraged by what he called another prison "shakedown," he joined a hunger strike there, and now is locked in solitary confinement with at least 100 fellow detainees. "I have seen men who are on the verge of death being taken away to be force-fed," Obaidullah said in a federal court affidavit declassified Friday.
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