BOSTON – Dozens of people arrested by federal immigration agents are on a hunger strike in a Boston prison.
Community groups based in Rhode Island, Alliance to Mobilize our Resistance, and FANG Collective said they have been in contact with about 70 inmates at the Suffolk County Correctional House, who are participating in a hunger strike that began Friday. .
Organizations say the men are protesting abuses by prison officials and "inhumane conditions" such as bad food and broken bathroom fixtures. They also challenge the prison's power to detain people on behalf of the US Immigration and Customs Service.
The organizations say the detainees sent prison officials a list of their grievances on February 10. A prison spokesman confirmed that the detainees refused to eat, but continued to eat food at their canteen and drink alcohol.