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The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity website reported that: On the first day, 43 food trays were refused (out of 52) in Pod D1. The nine prisoners who have not refused to eat are much older and already have serious health concerns. The prisoners also said that other units had similar numbers of nearly 100% participation. On the second day of the hunger strike, the action spreads throughout Pelican Bay SHU into General Population (GP). The strike has also spread to Corcoran and Folsom State Prisons, where around 100 prisoners have joined the hunger strike in solidarity with the demands at Pelican Bay. The CDCR told the L.A. Times that less than 24 prisoners are on strike, which is simply untrue. One prisoner informed us: "In Tehachapi SHU in 2007 me and six other guys did a hunger strike. Staff flipped out. When we went to the yard they placed lunches in our cells and photographed it. They rigged scales between weigh-ins. And they used my medical, chronic-care issues to say that not eating was akin to "suicidal behavior" and placed me on suicide watch." [Suicide watch involves isolation and deprivation—and can be used as a method of punishment.]
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