[Pnews] Strike Supporters to rally at ICE as agency tortures hunger strikers

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Wed Dec 9 11:17:38 EST 2015


STRIKE SUPPORTERS TO RALLY AT ICE AS AGENCY TORTURES HUNGER STRIKERS

*What:* Protest to Free Detainees on International Human Rights Day, 
what will be Day 14 of Hunger Strike
*Where:* Immigration and Customs Enforcement Headquarters, 500 12th St. 
SW, Washington, DC
*When: *11:30am, Thursday, December, 10th, 2015
*Who: *#Freedomgiving Hunger Strike Support Committee

The situation surroundingthe #freedomgiving hunger strike 
<http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2015/11/26/freedomgiving/>that was 
started by more than 100 asylum-seekers in several detention centers 
reached grave proportions as an Alabama judge authorized forced feeding 
of at least one of the men and invasive medical procedures of others 
held at Etowah according to documents obtained by supporters.  Nearing 
two weeks without food, at least seven hunger strikers have been taken 
to the medical unit while strikers report authorities torturing them 
with sleep depriving cell visits every fifteen minutes for the past two 
days.

Aprotest outside the Clinton Campaign headquarters in New York prompted 
Sanders and O’Malley to express support 
<http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2015/12/04/freedomgiving-candidates/>for 
the strikers, one of whommet with Sanders during a live telecast 
yesterday 
<http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2015/12/07/sanders-pressed/>where 
the Senator committed to inquiring at ICE on the strikers’ behalf and 
was asked to visit the strikers to investigate their situation.
WhileICE reached a release agreement with strikers at the Theo Lacy 
center 
<http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2015/12/05/theo-lacy-health/>, it 
has taken the opposite approach in other facilities; attempting to 
deport men who participated in an October hunger strike, enacting sleep 
deprivation tactics, placing participants in solitary confinement, and 
cutting off lines of communication to outside support.

“The men who are being tortured by ICE are experiencing at the hands of 
the US government the very treatment they sought asylum from,” explained 
with alarm, Fahd Ahmed, director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving. 
  “The detainees can’t be kept safe in detention, let alone prepare 
their case for asylum in those conditions. They must be released 
immediately.The world is watching what immigration authorities are doing 
to these people seeking safety on international human rights day and it 
is outrageous. The current administration and the candidates, all 
elected officials have an urgent responsibility to put a stop to ICE’s 
abuse.”

On Thursday, supporters of the strikers will rally at the ICE 
headquarters to demand the agency release the detainees, halt the 
torture tactics, and cancel deportation proceedings against participants.

Strikes are continuing at multiple facilities including Aurora, Etowah, 
S. Texas, and Krome.

/The series of releases and details of the strike are available at: 
www.notonemoredeportation.com/free-the-hunger-striking-detainees/ 
<http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/free-the-hunger-striking-detainees/>

/

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