August 6, 2013 |
A few hundred inmates are continuing to take part in a hunger strike in California prisons. Some prisoners claim this strike is about living conditions in the Security Housing Units, commonly called SHUs, which house some of the most dangerous inmates in California. Don't be fooled. Many of those participating in the hunger strike are under extreme pressure to do so from violent prison gangs, which called the strike in an attempt to restore their ability to terrorize fellow prisoners, prison staff and communities throughout California.
January 15, 2000 |
An American serving a life sentence for treason in Peru has gone on a hunger strike to protest her conviction and imprisonment, her family said. Lori Berenson, a New York native, was convicted by a secret military court in 1996 for helping Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement rebels plan a thwarted attack on Peru's Congress. Berenson is being held in Socabaya prison, 465 miles southeast of Lima, the capital.
August 1, 2006 |
A jailed student activist has died in Tehran's most notorious prison after a nine-day hunger strike to protest a lack of medical care, a human rights group said. Akbar Mohammadi, 34, who died Sunday in Evin prison, was arrested for taking part in protests at Tehran University in July 1999, Iran's biggest anti-government demonstrations since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
December 2, 2002 |
Two Turkish inmates who had refused solid food for months died over the weekend, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported, the latest deaths in a hunger strike that has claimed at least 60 lives. Hundreds of leftist prisoners launched the strike in 2000 in an attempt to force the government to abandon plans to transfer inmates from old dormitory wards to cell-based jails, which they say put prisoners at greater risk of torture.
May 30, 2006 |
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.
April 26, 2007 |
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.
September 28, 2001 |
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.
August 3, 1989 |
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.