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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Day 10 of LaSalle14 Hunger Strike - Retaliation against hunger strikers continues

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Bangla Media – Kazi Fouzia:  kazi@drumnyc.org
Day 10 of LaSalle14 Hunger Strike
Retaliation against hunger strikers continues
14 South Asian detainees, from Bangladesh and India (known as the “LaSalle14”) at the LaSalle Detention Center started a hunger strike at breakfast time on October 19. All of the strikers are asylum seekers, and some have been held for up to 2 years. They are demanding to be released from detention, as per ICE's own recommendations that detainees who have been held for over 6 months and cannot be released in the forseeable future should be released.

Since the hunger strike started, 3 of the strikers have been moved to Etowah Detention Center, and been prevented from making any contact or communication with their families or with DRUM.
At LaSalle, the hunger strikers have had their water supply turned off at times. They have also faced interference in their ability to transfer money from their commissary to their phone accounts, thus interfering with their ability to communicate as well.

Since the last 2 days, ICE officials have been pressuring the strikers to contact the consulates of their home countries, which is alarming since it is these same government that all the hunger strikers are escaping and seeking asylum from.

There is an online petition by the Not1More Campaign to bring attention to this issue:

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