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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.
December 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
August 6, 2013 | By Jeffrey Beard
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.
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.
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.
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