News is constantly emerging regarding the deteriorating situation of the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. The protest started in February and is rapidly gaining the media’s attention since the detainees are losing their patience and want to get out of the purgatory as soon as possible.
According to reports, fresh clashes have erupted at Gitmo between prisoners and guards after the detainees covered the surveillance cameras. Some of the captives also used ‘improvised weapons’. The authorities then responded with non-lethal firing to control the situation.
There are 166 prisoners behind the bars and freedom was guaranteed to almost 86 of them by the President Barack Obama administration three years ago. When nothing happened to ensure their release, the frustrated detainees organized a hunger strike.
The government reports around 40 prisoners have taken part, however, according to the detainees’ lawyers; their clients have informed that around 130 inmates are taking part in the protest.
Reprieve has also file an e-petition calling for the return of Aamer to his country. It has received over 100,000 signatures which means that it can now be considered for parliamentary debate.
On April 11, Shaker Aamer spoke with his lawyer Clive Stafford Smith and said, “They are killing us, so it is hard to keep calm…in reality I am dying inside.”
“I have bruises on my legs, knee, my arms where they carry me. They took everything…even my kids’ drawings. They ripped them off the wall. They step on your fingers, your hands, they scratch you…Yesterday they tied me on the board and they threw me in a cell because the medical people were busy.”
Due to the lack of political will and interest in the release of the captives, the powerless and helpless inmates have resorted to a hunger strike. It is the only way and the only thing they can do within the walls of the military detention facility to record their protest. They are losing hope and prefer death to the miserable treatment they are being given at Guantanamo Bay.