Guantánamo Prison Hunger Strikers Double

The number of Guantánamo Bay prisoners participating in a hunger strike has more than doubled in recent weeks to 11, including five who are being force-fed, [presumably in restraint chairs] the U.S. military said Monday. Military officials describe the hunger strike as an attempt to build public sympathy and opposition to the detention center, which on Thursday marks its fifth anniversary amid protests calling for its closure. Among the hunger strikers are two prisoners who began refusing food in August 2005, near the start of a hunger strike that reached a peak participation of 131 that year, a Navy spokesperson said.

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