London Solidarity with California Hunger Strikers

Photo © Santino Pani

On 31 July demonstrators gathered outside the US Embassy in London to show solidarity with the hunger strikers in California prisons and Guantanamo Bay and political prisoners everywhere. The demonstrators also demanded justice for Trayvon Martin and for people everywhere killed by state and police violence.

Speakers included Hamja Ahsan (brother of Talha Ahsan, extradited to the US on “terrorism” charges”), Mahmoud Sarsak (Palestinian footballer released after being detained without charge by Israel), and the mother of Mahdi Hashi (detained in Djibouti and stripped of citizenship by Britain)

The demo was part of a worldwide day of action supported by the families of the hunger strikers in California state prisons. The prisoners are demanding an end to a number of abuses, including solitary confinement.

Their core demands are:

  1. Eliminate group punishments and administrative abuse.
  2. Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria.
  3. Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons recommendations and end long-term solitary confinement.
  4. Provide adequate and nutritious food.
  5. Create and expand constructive programming.

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