Krome Detention Center, Miami, Florida
April 2, 2020
Detainees at the Krome Detention Center in Miami-Dade County, Florida launched a hunger strike on Thursday, April 2. The detainees cited the pandemic as a primary motivator in the strike, releasing a video statement at the start of the strike to a Miami Herald reporter, Monique O. Madan.
Sixty-two prisoners are said to be participating at the time of the statement. Below is the video statement released by detainees, followed by the English translation.
VIDEO sent to me from the Krome detention center.
The detainee is reading a statement written by 62 inmates who launched a hunger strike Thursday, begging that they be released.
“If we have the unfortunate luck that we die, we can at least be with our families,” he said. pic.twitter.com/zvHeWucA7g
— Monique O. Madan (@MoniqueOMadan) April 3, 2020
Monique O. Mada, @MoniqueOMadan, Twitter, April 2, 2020.
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