FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2015
BREAKING: Eloy Detention Center Guards Retaliate Against Hunger Strikers By Keeping Them in 100 Degree Weather, Endanger Immigrant Lives
Eloy, AZ – Immigrant detainees who this morning declared a hunger strike calling for an investigation into the treatment and deaths of immigrants at Eloy Detention Center have been kept outside, in 100 degree weather, in retaliation for their organizing.
This morning at 9:45am, the men sat down in the recreation yard and declared their strike, taking action against what they call brutal and inhumane conditions. After three hours, supporters and family members supporting the hunger strike outside of the detention center confirmed that the detainees were not being allowed back in. Now they are concerned for their safety in near 100 degree weather in the middle of the Arizona desert.
The detainee’s demands include:
1. Independent investigation into the two recent deaths in Eloy, both of which happened under mysterious circumstances after guard abuse, as well as an investigation into the ongoing problem of excessive use of force and deaths inside Eloy
2. Improved conditions, including adequate medical and mental health care
3. Access to legal resources and court hearings when requested
4. An end to the exploitation of detainees’ work
5. No more criminalization, detention, and deportations
Families of the hunger strikers, people formerly detained at Eloy, and concerned community members are currently rallying outside of the detention center in support of the hunger strikers._
A petition to support the hunger strikers is available here._