That is exactly what it sounds like: A nasogastric tube carries food and medicine to the stomach through the nose.
Andres Conteris, who turned 52 Thursday, since July 8 has been fasting in solidarity with the Guantanamo Bay detainees, too, and says he has lost 50 pounds.
“Force-feeding is torture,” he said in a news release. “I wish to make visible what the U.S. government is perpetrating against prisoners in Guantánamo and what the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is threatening for hunger strikers in Pelican Bay. The only way to end the hunger strikes and force-feeding is to shutter the Gitmo prison and respond favorably to the demands of the prisoners in California.”
The California inmates ended their hunger strike Thursday.
Conteris’ force-feeding, administered by a medical professional, will be webcast live at 9 a.m. Pacific on Friday.