Hundreds continue 11-day Nauru hunger strike

November 12, 2012

Organisers of a hunger strike among detainees at the Nauru detention centre say they may need to abandon the protest as it heads into its 12th day.

Protesters began the strike to demand better treatment at the facility and more information about when their claims will be processed.

A detainee, known only as Mohammed, called the ABC today saying 280 people are still refusing food at the facility.

The Immigration Department has disputed that figure but has confirmed the hunger strike is continuing, with about 200 detainees involved.

Mohammed says asylum seekers are committed to protesting against treatment and conditions at the Nauru centre.

“Until now we didn’t get any response and the guys, their conditions are getting worse day by day,” he said.

“Me, I personally, I collapsed yesterday.

“Guys lost 10 to 12 kilograms of their weight and some of the guys they have heart problems and kidney problems.”

There are currently 377 asylum seekers being held in the detention centre, which is expected to have a capacity of 1,500 once it is fully operational.

Sources: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-12/hundreds-continue-nauru-hunger-strike/4366836

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