Relatives of the 26 prisoners held aboard the prison ship Granadero anchored in Buenos Aires' new port last week (4-5 July) joined the prisoners in a hunger strike to protest conditions aboard the vessel.
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CU Sign PAN TO hunger strike sign
CU PAN FROM sign to mothers and sisters of prisoners (2 shots)
CU PAN ALONG strikers and belongings to strikers
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Background: Relatives of the 26 prisoners held aboard the prison ship Granadero anchored in Buenos Aires' new port last week (4-5 July) joined the prisoners in a hunger strike to protest conditions aboard the vessel.
According to the relatives, in statements to the news media, 22 of the prisoners could no longer get out of their beds as a result of the hunger strike.
The relatives have been holding their hunger strike in a small church near the port.
Since their strike began, Argentinia's Interior Minister Arturo Mor Roig has given permission to International Red Cross representatives to visit the ship.
The relatives say the prisoners are confined to very small cells, have no natural lighting or ventilation, no medical attention and no heating (it is winter in Argentina).
SYNOPSIS: Last week in the new port of Buenos Aires, the prison ship Granadero lay anchored with 26 political detainees aboard. The prisoners have been on a hunger strike to protest what they called sub-human conditions.
And at the nearby Cristo Ray church, the wives and sisters of the prisoners were holding their own hunger strike and calling for the release of the men and women held on the Granadero.
The relatives say the prisoners are without medical attention, natural lighting, ventilation and heating. They say their calls are very small and must be shared by four people. Following their protest, the Argentine government has allowed members of the International Red Cross to visit the ship.