Hunger strike begins at Guantanamo Bay

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Military officials report that 76 Guantanamo detainees are refusing food–attorneys for prisoners declare the number is around 200–in protest of their incarceration. The last Guantanamo hunger strike ended in July when the Pentagon agreed to talk with the prisoners. Those prisoners now say that Pentagon representatives have not kept their word about negotiations for their access to legal representation, or for the establishment of humane treatment at the prison.

Many of the Guantanmo detainees have tried to commit suicide, and many now say they will starve themselves to death until they are either charged and brought to trial or set free. Some of the prisoners are reported to be well into the current hunger strike.

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