Rarely do I personalize an article, but after watching this disturbing footage of a torture method used on Guantanamo Bay detainees, I have to speak about it. I’m not someone who places merit on religious affiliation, however, regardless of what part of the world one may reside, I do believe all religious practices should be respected by civilians and authoritative figures alike. Conscious rapper, Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def and well known practicing member of Islam underwent a force-feeding (torture) procedure being carried out on Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The GB detainees have gone on a “hunger strike” due to the “handling” of their Korans during cell searches.
The Brooklyn-born entertainer joined with the human rights group Reprieve to demonstrate what the hunger strikers are enduring at the U.S. military lockup. The demonstration was videotaped and posted online Monday.
In the graphic footage, Bey, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, writhes in his restraints, then wretches and coughs as a feeding tube is inserted up his nose and down into his stomach.
When the tube comes out and is about to be re-inserted, Bey pleads for those administering the feeding to stop and partially breaks free from his restraint.
The U.S. government has used the detention center on the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to hold terrorism suspects apprehended since 9/11.
Detainees upset over the handling of their Korans during cell searches launched a hunger strike in February. The hunger strike has grown to 106 participants, 45 of whom were being force fed due to weight loss as of Monday, according to the Pentagon.
This man weeping really pains my soul. Standard procedure or torture? Leave your thoughts below.