Rapper's force-feeding video riles US medics at Guantanamo Bay
Published on Jul 27, 2013 6:15 AM
GUANTANAMO BAY US NAVAL BASE, Cuba (REUTERS) - A video protesting force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay detention camp in which rapper Mos Def is seen struggling and weeping while undergoing the procedure has done the rounds at the Navy base.
United States (US) medics who perform the real thing on hunger-striking prisoners say they're not impressed.
"It's ridiculous. It's 100 per cent false," said a Navy nurse known as "Ensign Lodowick" at the detainee hospital where real names are protected for security reasons.
The New York rapper-actor who also goes by the name Yasiin Bey released the video earlier this month in collaboration with Reprieve, a London-based prisoners' rights group that represents several Guantanamo hunger strikers and which describes the force-feedings as painful, humiliating and a violation of medical ethics. (http: link.reuters.com/daz89t)
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