In Washington state, more than 85 people locked up at the Northwest Detention Center immigration prison have launched a hunger strike to protest mistreatment and inhumane conditions. Their demands include nutritious meals, clean facilities and proper medical care. The prisoners say they are forgoing food despite harsh retaliation from ICE and GEO Group, which runs the detention center. Since the hunger strike started, external communications have been cut off, cells have been locked down, and there are reports that guards in riot gear fired pepper spray at the hunger strikers.
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