via @LatinoAdvocacy1: Hunger Strikers Report Increased Retaliation, Including Threats of Forced Feeding
For Immediate Release
Available for interview: Sandy Restrepo, (206) 251 1627
ALERT! Hunger strikers threatened with forced feeding! Please call/e-mail ICE today!*
SUPPORTERS MAINTAIN PRESENCE: RALLY ANNOUNCED FOR TUESDAY AT 5 P.M.
As the hunger strike initiated last Friday by immigrants detained in the Northwest Detention Center enters its fourth day, attorney Sandy Restrepo reports strikers being threatened with forced feedings. Restrepo met with hunger strike leaders this morning, and described the conditions inside the center: “The guards are armed and dressed fully in black – essentially in riot gear. Immigrants on hunger strike are being pulled out for individual questioning by detention center officials, and threatened with forced feeding if they continue their protest. Asylum seekers are being threatened with denial of their cases.”
Even as they face increasing retaliation, hunger strikers remain determined. Through written communication, they have elaborated on their demands. Continuing to insist on an end to deportations, they also ask for release on bond, noting, “Without a bond we spend months, even 1 to 2 years locked up without knowing what’s going to happen to us and our families and without being able to economically support our families, causing them to fall deeper into poverty.”
Outside supporters have obtained a photograph of the latest communiqué, which ends with the statement, “We are doing this for our families.”
Supporters have announced a rally at the facility, to take place tomorrow at 5 p.m. Wives of some of the organizers of the hunger strike will be sharing their stories and will be available for interviews. New audio communications from hunger strikers will be broadcast and made available at the rally.
*ALERT! Hunger strikers threatened with forced feeding! Please call/e-mail ICE today!
Here’s a sample script: “I am contacting you in support of the hunger strikers at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. I have heard disturbing reports of retaliation against the hunger strikers, including threats of forced feeding and of denial of asylum applications. I urge you to take immediate measures to end the retaliation against hunger strikers. I urge you to meet the striker’s demands and initiate an investigation into GEO Group’s mistreatment of detainees.”