Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published March 14, 2014 at 9:12 PM | Page modified March 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (19)
  • Print

Hunger strike not over at detention center in Tacoma

Three people at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma are still considered to be on a hunger strike, and the ACLU says it will fight any effort to force-feed them.


Seattle Times staff

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
"More people get imprisoned on trumped-up charges so the prison system can maintai... MORE
Technically one can get nourishment from an enema. The detainee should be given a... MORE
"I don't know how the term "Illegal" came up, except by the assumptions... MORE

advertising

Most of the detainees on hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma may be eating again, but the protest is far from over.

On Friday, the ACLU of Washington said it will represent three men who remained under medical observation as the strike hit the one-week mark.

One hasn’t eaten since the protest began last Friday, when more than 700 of the center’s 13,000 detainees were participating. Two others ate on Thursday, but not enough to remove them from medical supervision.

The detention center must get a court order to force-feed the men, and the ACLU said it will oppose on their behalf any such effort.

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith said he’s pushing for answers from immigration officials over concerns detainees have raised regarding getting bond, better treatment, food and pay.

ICE has said it’s working to address the detainees’ concerns, but recently released detainees say they saw no change.



Want unlimited access to seattletimes.com? Subscribe now!

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

The summer is wide open.

The summer is wide open.

Follow our three-part "Washington's National Parks" series running through August 10 for an in-depth look at some of our local treasures.

Advertising

Partner Video

Advertising

The Seattle Times Historical Archives

Browse our newspaper page archives from 1900-1984


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►