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Women’s penal colony 5 prisoners went on hunger strike2009-04-20 10:54
Prisoners of women's penal colony 5 in Tbilisi, transferred to Rustavi prison, went on hunger strike and in this way continued their protest against the presidential amnesty.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Nana Kakabadze, the head of the Ex-Political Prisoners for Human Rights NGO said that the prisoners were staying in unbearable conditions - Interfax. She added that sometimes they connected their relatives and asked for help.
Kakabadze also claimed that the women were beaten up.
On April 19th all the 700 prisoners of women's penal colony 5 in Tbilisi were transferred into Rustavi prison 1 with the help of special mission units. Kakabadze said women had been transferred by force.
The transfer was taken after the riot women began protesting against the order by the President of Georgia on pardoning 390 people. In the view of the prisoners, much more than 29 women and juvenile delinquents must be pardoned.
The riot started in the evening of April 18th and lasted for 12 hours. The prisoners went into the yard and tried to break the gate. Practivcally all the infrastructure of the colony was damaged after the riot. Juvenile delinquents, serving their sentence in the same colony, joined the riot.