Roumieh prison inmates to go on hunger strike

The inmates in Lebanon’s Roumieh Prison will go on a hunger strike, as their relatives are protesting across the country to reduce the length of the “prison year,” the Voice of Lebanon (100.5) radio station reported on Tuesday.

VOL said earlier in the day that the inmates’ families blocked the main road that leads to Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport as well as another road in a Beirut neighborhood.

In August, Lebanon’s parliament decided to not reduce the length of a “prison year” to nine months, which sparked outrage.

In April, riots broke out at the Roumieh Prison when inmates began protesting cell searches. The disturbances ended days later after successful negotiations with the prisoners.

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