Sept. 25, 2013
U.S. military officials announced Monday that they will stop issuing daily hunger strike updates from Guantanamo Bay because the number of protesting inmates has steadily dropped, from more than 100 in July to 19 in September.
For months, the U.S. military has issued reports each day listing the number of hunger strikers at the prison on the U.S. base in Cuba. But Monday’s statement from Joint Task Force Guantanamo said the number of hunger strikers has significantly diminished to 19 inmates out of a current prisoner population of 164, and that the total has remained the same for almost two weeks.
“We believe today’s numbers represent those who wish to continue to strike,” the military’s statement said.