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Conditions at Guantánamo Bay suddenly got worse after Biden took office, prisoners and advocates told VICE

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a close up of a wire fence: In this Wednesday, April 17, 2019 photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, the control tower is seen through the razor wire inside the Camp VI detention facility in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. Alex Brandon, File/Associated Press © Alex Brandon, File/Associated Press In this Wednesday, April 17, 2019 photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, the control tower is seen through the razor wire inside the Camp VI detention facility in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. Alex Brandon, File/Associated Press
  • Conditions at Guantánamo Bay have worsened under Biden, VICE News reported.
  • Prisoners and their advocates told the outlet that conditions had rapidly changed over the past few months.
  • Biden reportedly aims to close the facility, created under Bush, by the end of his term.
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Conditions at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba have rapidly worsened under the Biden administration, prisoners and their advocates told VICE News.

According to the Wednesday report, detainees said they've been denied access to medical care, like aspirin and band-aids, had services restricted, and said guards refuse to speak to them.

Some of the detainees have engaged in a hunger strike to protest their treatment, according to the report.


Video: Biden working to close Guantánamo Bay detention facility, envoy position on hold (MSNBC)

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"How can it be that we are waiting for Biden to come, and it has become so much worse than when Trump was president?" Abdul Latif Nasser, who has been detained at the facility for 19 years, told VICE News through his lawyer.

The change in treatment was "abrupt," Nasser told VICE.

The conditions at the facility have also deteriorated, according to the report, with detainees experiencing broken toilets and burned-out lightbulbs.

President Biden has quietly taken action to begin closing the facility, NBC News reported earlier in June. The facility was created by former President George W. Bush following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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