Woonsocket Call

ICE detainees go on hunger strike

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BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of people detained by federal immigratio­n officials are on a hunger strike at a Boston jail.

Rhode Island-based community groups Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance and the FANG Collective say they’ve been in contact with about 70 detainees at the Suffolk County House of Correction who are participat­ing in a hunger strike that began Friday.

The organizati­ons say the men are protesting abuse by jail officials and “inhumane conditions” such as bad food and broken bathroom fixtures. They also challenge the jail’s authority to detain people on behalf of U.S. Immigratio­n and Customs Enforcemen­t.

The organizati­ons say the detainees sent jail officials a list of their grievances Feb. 10. A jail spokesman confirmed the detainees are refusing set meals, but are still eating their canteen food and drinking fluids.

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