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April 9, 2013 12:00 AM

James Carroll: Gitmo hunger strike highlights public’s moral indifference

Two months ago, men stopped eating at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay. Now, the Guantanamo hunger strike has spread to dozens of other inmates. The government puts the number of protesters at about 40; lawyers for the prisoners say that a majority of the more than 160 men being held are refusing food. At least 11 are being force-fed. In a recent visit to the detention facility, the Red Cross saw “a clear link” between the hunger strike and the “emotional state” of men held in suspended animation, illegally deprived not only of freedom but of hope.

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