Saturday, February 5, 2011

Megiddo prisoners threaten to go on hunger strike over strip searches

[ 05/02/2011 - 08:40 AM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)-- The Megiddo prison administration could be exploiting the world's preoccupation with Egypt to impose heavier restrictions, prisoners say.

Prisoners have threatened to kick off an open-ended hunger strike to protest the escalation.

The prison administration has engaged in suppressive policies turning life into hell, prisoners wrote in a statement to the public on Friday, saying they are forced into strip searches, severe beatings and property damage during nearly everyday night raids.

They complained of prison transfers, hefty fines, denial of visits and canteen, and a critical shortage in books.

The administration has refused to respond to dozens of complaints.