Al-Ahram English releases a slideshow of hunger striking prisoners in Egypt:
The number of political detainees on hunger strike in Egyptian prisons is on the rise. Activist Alaa Abdel Fatah, currently serving 15 years for protesting without permit, has started a hunger strike alongside a number of other detainees in the same case. Alaa was allowed temporarily out of jail to bury his father, and following the funeral, his youngest sister and activist, also imprisoned for breaking a protest law, joined the hunger strike.
Meanwhile, other political detainees have joined in to protest the circumstances of their arrest and treatment. One of the cases, Diaa el-Mahdi from Tanta started his hunger strike for being picked up from a cafe, beaten and accused of belonging to a terrorist group. In addition to those arrested at protests, many detainees were randomly nabbed, with no evidence of involvement in criminal activity. Egyptian-American citizen Mohamed Soltan, who was arrested instead of his father on the 25th of August last year, has been on hunger strike for over 200 days now. Soltan’s health is failing and he has been in and out of hospital on numerous occasions. Soltan had started his strike with Abdallah el-Shamy, an Al Jazeera journalist who was released after going four months without food, and was held with no accusations. Now a Facebook page called “We Are Fed Up” has been set up to monitor and announce the joining of prisoners to the strike. With no other field left to protest in, going on hunger strike has become the only tool in the hands of detained Egyptian activists who find themselves behind bars, with no official accusations and no end in sight to their plight.