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      <span>Approves</span> <span>Force-Feeding</span> <span>of</span>
      <span>Bangladesh</span> <span>Detainees</span> <span>on</span> <span>Hunger</span>
      <span>Strike</span></h1>
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          <h2 itemprop="description" class="b-article__lead">A federal
            judge on Monday authorized the force-feeding of a group of
            immigration detainees in Florida who have been on a hunger
            strike for nearly three weeks.</h2>
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            <p>Ten men, all from Bangladesh, began a hunger strike
              on December 2. As of Monday, seven still refused to eat,
              and were brought into the courtroom in wheelchairs, the
              Associated Press reported.</p>
            <p>US District Judge Cecilia Altonaga granted a petition
              from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland
              Security permitting involuntary blood draws and other
              medical procedures to monitor hunger-striker’s health.</p>
            <p>On Monday, the judge authorized medical staff to restrain
              and force-feed the detainees through nasal-gastric tubes,
              if necessary, to save their lives, the AP reported.</p>
            <p>"They are not likely to survive without compelled
              feeding," she said.</p>
            <p>Speaking through an interpreter, Abdul Awal, 21, asked
              "How long are they going to force-feed us? We are willing
              to die."</p>
            <p>Dalian Caraballo, a staff doctor at the facility where
              the men are detained, testified that the men are not
              in any immediate danger, but if they continue the hunger
              strike, they risk severe and permanent health
              complications, the AP reported.</p>
            <p>The seven men continuing the hunger strike have each lost
              up to 15% of their total body weight since beginning the
              fast, Caraballo said. Administering liquid nutritional
              supplements through nasal-gastric tubes would be more
              comfortable for the men than feeding them intravenously,
              she added.</p>
            <p>Awal said conditions in Bangladesh forced him and the
              other detainees to seek opportunities in the United
              States, and they risk death if they are deported.</p>
            <p class="marker-quote1">"We would rather die here," Awal
              said.</p>
            <p>All the detainees were arrested in Hidalgo, Texas,
              in 2014 and 2015, attempting to enter the United States.</p>
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