Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsHunger Strikes
IN THE NEWS

Hunger Strikes

FEATURED ARTICLES
OPINION
May 2, 2012
Re "Tuition costs prompt hunger strikes," April 29 California State University spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp says the students planning hunger strikes to protest excessive executive compensation don't understand the issues. It is the university that seems not to understand the issues. I am a Cal State faculty member, and as such it is important to me that people understand that the university leadership does not represent the thousands of faculty and staff of Cal State. We stand with the students against excessive executive compensation.
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "Cesar's Last Fast" covers much the same ground as the dramatized "Cesar Chavez" released last month. Both center on the labor leader who in the 1960s helped to form the United Farm Workers union, organize the California grape workers' strike and foment a nationwide boycott of table grapes. Although "Cesar's Last Fast" extends the coverage by two decades, the same criticisms lodged against "Cesar Chavez" are applicable here: Richard Ray Perez's documentary concerns the myth more than the man. Perez has made a commendable effort rounding up archival footage, photographs and interviewees.
Advertisement
SCIENCE
June 15, 2013 | By Monte Morin
As prisoners continue to wage a hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, a pointed opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine argues that military physicians who oversee such  feedings are guilty of aggravated assault and should refuse participation. "Force-feeding a competent person is not the practice of medicine; it is aggravated assault," wrote George Annas, a professor of medical law and ethics at Boston University and lead author of the article.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
About 330 detainees were on a hunger strike for better conditions at an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., as of Sunday afternoon, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center began Friday, and at one point more than half of the facility's 1,300 detainees - 750 - were refusing meals, an ICE official told the Los Angeles Times. The facility is privately owned and operated by the GEO Group Inc., a government contractor.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Terrorism suspects at a maximum-security prison at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have resumed a mass hunger strike to protest the conditions of their confinement, detainees' lawyers said Sunday. The on-again, off-again action involving at least 20 prisoners over the last few months started after more than 170 of the 385 men currently detained at Guantanamo were moved to the newest and harshest facility, Camp 6.
NEWS
January 24, 1990 | Reuters
Forty of 51 Spanish guerrilla detainees on a hunger strike of up to 55 days are now in a hospital, and seven are in serious condition, the Justice Ministry said Tuesday. The detainees are fasting to protest being scattered throughout the country's prisons.
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.
NATIONAL
July 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Fifty-two prisoners at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have declared that they are on a hunger strike, Pentagon officials said. They have refused at least nine meals over the last three days in protest of their continued detention, officials said. The detainees refusing meals have been given intravenous hydration, sports drinks, water and nutritional supplements, the officials said. Some may be hospitalized.
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.
WORLD
August 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers grilled state prison officials about controversial isolation units Wednesday, saying policies allowing long-term solitary confinement of inmates are "beyond the pale. " The hearing was an outgrowth of a two-month hunger strike that began in July and involved thousands of inmates protesting prison conditions. "The issues that were raised during the hunger strike are real," said Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley). " They cannot be ignored. " There are slightly more than 4,000 inmates in isolation units at four prisons, according to state Inspector General Robert Barton.
WORLD
September 23, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A member of the punk rock group Pussy Riot went on a hunger strike Monday to protest what she said were unbearable conditions at a Russian prison camp. "I demand that human rights be observed in the [prison] colony; I demand that this camp ... abide by the law," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote in an open letter distributed by her husband. "I demand that we be treated as humans and not as slaves. " In late 2012, Tolokonnikova, 24, and two other members of Pussy Riot , Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were each sentenced to two years of imprisonment for inciting religious hatred.
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | By Ted Rall
California inmates end their long hunger strike after the Assembly agrees to hold hearings on prison conditions. There -- that was easy. ALSO: Sacramento's prison deal America's Cup: Huge egos, fast boats Getting California's bullet train back on track Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall    
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013
Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Paige St. John about the end to California's largest prison protest after a two-month hunger strike. The protest ended Thursday without inmates winning major concessions on solitary confinement conditions - their main grievance - but with the promise of legislative hearings on the issue. The strike, which began with 30,000 inmates refusing meals and ended with about 100, drew international attention to California's use of prolonged prisoner isolation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Protest leaders issued a statement shortly after 9 a.m. declaring the two-month hunger strike by California prison inmates over but adding that the protest itself is only "suspended. " "To be clear, our Peaceful Protest of Resistance to our continuous subjection to decades of systemic state-sanctioned torture via the system's solitary confinement units is far from over," according to the statement, relayed through former state Sen. Tom Hayden. "Our decision to suspend our third hunger strike in two years does not come lightly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- California prison officials Thursday acknowledged the end to a 60-day inmate hunger strike, launched in protest of the state's use of solitary confinement. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation issued a statement Thursday morning noting the 100 inmates who had remained on the hunger strike have resumed eating meals. They are now undergoing medical supervision as they slowly return to solid food. Inmate representatives are planning to make their own announcement at a public rally Thursday morning in Oakland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Prison medical officials have reported few serious issues over the duration of California's two-month-old prison hunger strike, but the frequency of protesters “falling out” -- fainting or requiring medical intervention -- rose this week. Over the last four days, 32 hunger strikers have required medical attention, mostly fluids through intravenous tubes, daily medical incident reports show. Two inmates have been sent to outside hospitals for stabilization. The corrections department said 100 inmates continued to refuse food Wednesday, though they were consuming Gatorade, to the tune of about 600 calories a day. Forty of those prisoners had accepted no state-issued meals since July 8, when the hunger strike began.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|