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Gitmo closure under Cuba authority: Analyst
December 9, 2013   By:    Forced Feedings, Guantanamo, Hunger Strike, Shaker Aamer   Comments are off   //   182 Views

A political analyst says the closure of the notorious US-run Guantanamo Bay Prison lies within the authority of Cuba.

Lajos Szaszdi told Press TV in an interview on Sunday that the sovereignty of Guantanamo Bay “lies in Cuba, in the Republic of Cuba” although the US exercises “total control and jurisdiction over the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay where their base is.”

“So, Cuba should demand closure of this facility and the prisoners should be taken somewhere else, but not on Cuban soil,” he said.

A British inmate at the dreaded prison revealed earlier in the day that Gitmo prisoners have launched a new round of hunger strikes.

In a phone call from the US military prison to Clive Stafford Smith, the director of legal action charity, Reprieve, Shaker Aamer revealed that 29 detainees, including himself, are now on hunger strike.

The US military announced earlier last week that it will no longer report on the hunger strike of the Guantanamo detainees.

“It would appear that the Defense Department and…the US government of Barak Obama they have realized that it is a bad public relations situation to report every time the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay go on hunger strike to protest to their situation,” Szaszdi said.

Images from the prison published earlier in June showed prisoners being force-fed by military guards. The process entailed strapping the prisoners to a metal restraint chair and force-feeding them through the nose with plastic tubes.

Shutting down Guantanamo was a central theme of US President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008.

“But what is really more disturbing I should say is that Cuba, the government of Cuba, should protest and demand closure of the Guantanamo Bay facility,” said Szaszdi.

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