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Justice ministry confirms hunger strike in Greek prisons

Δημοσίευση 8 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 11:03 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Justice ministry confirms hunger strike  in Greek prisons
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Greece's justice ministry on Tuesday confirmed that prisoners had announced they were going on hunger strike in 16 of the country's 33 correctional facilities. According to the ministry announcement, 312 of the prisoners were on hunger strike, among 12,600 incarcerated in the 16 prisons involved.

Greece's justice ministry on Tuesday confirmed that prisoners had announced they were going on hunger strike in 16 of the country's 33 correctional facilities. According to the ministry announcement, 312 of the prisoners were on hunger strike, among 12,600 incarcerated in the 16 prisons involved.

In a press conference earlier on Tuesday, the group 'Initiative for the Rights of Prisoners' claimed that 1,000 inmates had begun a symbolic hunger strike since Monday to mark the anniversary of the 2008 shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos, while a further 9,000 inmates were continuing to abstain from meals over the past week.

Members of the rights group, including the lawyer Ioanna Kourtovik, urged Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis to immediately arrange a meeting with a delegation of inmates and said they were "offended" by the minister's earlier statements concerning those "inciting" the prison protests, which they considered an indirect reference to their action.

 

Inmates in Greek prisons on hunger strike, rights group claims; ministry disputes figure

Nine thousand inmates in Greek prisons continued to abstain from meals during the last week while 1,000 began a symbolic hunger-strike on Dec. 6, the anniversary of the shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos, according to figures cited in a press conference by the Initiative for the Rights of Prisoners group on Tuesday.

Members of the rights group, including the lawyer Ioanna Kourtovik, urged Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis to immediately arrange a meeting with a delegation of inmates and said they were "offended" by the minister's earlier statements concerning those "inciting" the prison protests, which they considered an indirect reference to their action.

Conversely, the justice ministry later disputed the figures put forth by the advocasy group, noting that out of 12,600 inmates and prisoners in the 33 correctional facilities and lock-ups around the country, 312 were participating in declared participation in either a prolonged or symbolic hunger strike.