Sunday, February 26, 2012

Death in Corcoran

A recent episode of Democracy Now! features an inquiry into the death of Christian Gomez, 27, an inmate at Corcoran State Prison, who passed away six days after the beginning of the hunger strike. His sister, Yajaira Lopez, is calling for an investigation to what happened inside the prison and for conditions to be drastically improved. "When he did get [to Corcoran State Prison], he did explain to us that he was participating in a hunger strike," Lopez explains. "They were fighting for fair treatment."

Also interviewed is Carol Strickland of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition and Prisoners With Children, who reports having heard that "people were not getting medical care who were on hunger strike and that that's been something that we saw previously, as well, that the medical care is withdrawn, in many ways. Medications are stopped, and people are not being cared for adequately. And one has to ask, how can this man basically drop dead, you know, after only
a few days of a hunger strike, when he's under medical care?"

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