The Longest Hunger Strike

Last week Guernica Magazine published my article, “The Longest Hunger Strike,” edited by the amazing journalist Jina Moore.

I’m delighted that Longreads and The Sidney Hillman Foundation have picked up the story.

Here’s a clip:

From Europe to East Asia, hunger-striking has been used for centuries to demand rights, most often by those who have little other way, beyond sacrifice of their own body, to protest. Before Ireland became Christian, self-starvation was known as Troscadh, a non-violent way to shame wrongdoers. In India the protester traditionally sat on the front step of the person who owed them money or had offended them. A Google alert reminds me daily that active hunger strikes are occurring around the world: a First Nations chief seeking rights for the indigenous in Canada; political prisoners in Turkey; Iranian and Afghan refugees in Berlin, Germany; indigenous prisoners in Santiago, Chile.

Go read the whole thing at Guernica Magazine.


One Comment on “The Longest Hunger Strike”

  1. Dean Tong says:

    William Coleman retained me as his Forensic Trial Consultant a decade ago during the pendency of his arrest and criminal trial on rape charges against his estranged wife. I had him psychosexually tested and he evidenced no propensity to sexual violence against adult females, or criminal psychopathy where he would engage in non-consensual sex with a woman. Sadly, his attorney, Bill Gannon, never admitted my sexual deviancy expert’s report into evidence on the record, or called him to testify at Bill Coleman’s case-in-chief. In addition, of course, Mr. Coleman was in the middle of a protracted child custody battle with his two sons Liam and Aidan when he was arrested.

    As an expert, myself, in alleged sex crimes cases, it is very difficult to prevail in any he said – she said – they said case withOUT expert testimony to corroborate the accused’s side of the story in the case.

    Feel free to call me at 813.657.4930 if you want to follow-up.

    Dean Tong, MSc.
    abuse-excuse.com


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