Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Demonstrates the Procedure for Force-Feeding Detainees at Guantánamo Bay

There are currently 120 Guantánamo Bay detainees on hunger strike, and some are being force-fed. To demonstrate how this works, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def volunteered to demonstrate the standard procedure. The intense video was made by human rights organization Reprieve. From their website:

The video launches a campaign to rally support for Guantanamo prisoners who are on hunger-strike in protest against their detention without charge or trial. The campaign asks members of the public to undertake their own short-term hunger-strikes in solidarity with the prisoners, and donate the time to support them, while also raising the issue with their political representatives.  The website consolidates the total number of hours of hunger-striking undertaken in this way.

Prisoners in Guantanamo have been hunger-striking since February this year, with the total number involved now well over 100. The strike is in protest against their ongoing detention, despite the vast majority of prisoners never having been charged or tried, and over half the remaining population having even been cleared for release by the US Government. However, their peaceful protest has met with an increasingly aggressive response from camp authorities, including force-feeding and violent procedures known as ‘forcible cell extractions’ (FCEs).