Mos Def Sheds Light on Force Feeding at Guantanamo Bay
The hunger strike is one of the oldest means of protest. In the past, there has been little that could be done to circumvent these efforts but, at Guantanamo Bay, one questionable method is being challenged.
Yasmiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, took part in a demonstration on behalf of the Stand for Justice campaign with the goal of ending the practice of force feedings as a means of ending a person’s decision to fast.
Reprieve, a British human rights group, released a horrifying video of Mos Def enduring the procedure until it was abruptly stopped due to the 39-year-old rapper’s intense pain. "I really didn't know what to expect," he said. "I really couldn't take it."
In the clip, he is restrained in a chair wearing an orange jumpsuit while medical assistants jam a lubricated tube through one of his nostrils as he cries and winces in pain.
Currently, there are 166 prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. More than half of them are participating in a hunger strike.
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