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Hunger-Striking Asylum Seekers in CA Detention Center Say GEO Group Guards Violently Attacked Them

HeadlineJun 13, 2017
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In California, a group of asylum seekers on hunger strike in the for-profit Adelanto Detention Center say they were violently attacked by GEO Group guards Monday morning as they waited in the breakfast area for immigration officials to respond to their strike demands. This is one of the hunger strikers, Isaac Lopez Castillo.

Isaac Lopez Castillo: “When they saw that they could not remove us, they sprayed us with more pepper spray. And once they were able to pull us out, they threw some of us against the wall. In my case, at least, they threw me up against the glass of the phone booth. They pushed my face up into it, on the corner. And Timoteo was drenched, including his private parts, with pepper spray. Our skin is all covered in rashes, and some have gashes from their fingernails. And one of the guys had his dental crown knocked out. They knocked it out, because they threw him face-first against the wall.”

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