15 Of Gitmo Inmates On Hunger Strike

01.15.09 | FL News Team

One in five detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp are on a hunger strike to attract Barack Obama's attention. "The Times of London" reports that 33 men are being force-fed through tubes to keep them from starving to death. Human rights groups say the number is probably closer to 70 men. 

The hunger strike began Election Night, when news of Obama's victory spread through the camp and inmates began chanting his name. Most were made aware through Arabic news broadcasts and contact with their lawyers that the president-elect has promised to close the camp.

Gitmo accepted its first terror suspect seven years ago this week, a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed among the inmates. A prison official told the "Times" the hunger strike was meant to coincide with the anniversary.