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Rapper's force-feeding video riles US medics at Guantanamo Bay

Published on Jul 27, 2013 6:15 AM
 
Supporters of closing the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base detention facility hold signs and pictures of prisoners being held at the facility while sitting in the audience during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. 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. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

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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