Protesters support detainee hunger strike


Protesters are lending their support to 49 detainees on a hunger strike in the Etowah County Detention Center. The "Shutdown Etowah Campaign" is demanding improved conditions for the detainees and calling for the release of asylum seekers. Protesters tell ABC 33/40, they've heard some detainees aren't being fed and the medical needs of others are being neglected.

"They're asylum seekers. The shortest amount of time one of them has spent is seven months and the longest time is 23 months. People are being held for extremely long amounts of time and terrible conditions and we're here to let people know that's happening," says organizer Lisa Moyer.

She says the group plans on working with the detainees as well as national organizations in hopes of getting the Etowah Detention Center shut down.

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