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New Gitmo cruelty revealed

A number of Guantanamo Bay detainees and their lawyers are pushing back on the prevailing narrative about the prisoner hunger strike, which, according to authorities, ended last month.

Sixteen detainees continue to be force-fed (a practice decried as brutal by the international medical community) and reports have emerged that many hunger strikers were coerced to end their political action.

"The U.S. authorities have, with some glee, announced the hunger strike to be over. What they fail to tell you is the horrific things they did to crush the hunger strikers' spirits, as my clients have described. And yet still there are at least 16 men striking and being brutally force-fed twice a day," lawyer with human rights group Reprieve, Cori Crider -- who represents a number of Gitmo detainees -- told the Guardian.

Three prisoners, all of whom have been cleared for transfer from the prison but remain detained there, testified in letters that hunger strikers, including British resident Shaker Aamer, were humiliated, held in isolation and denied their belongings in attempts by prison authorities to break their resolve.

Via the Guardian:

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