Veteran, former Mayor on day 78 of hunger strike for Guantanamo Bay


ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As some foreign prisoners at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay continue their hunger strike, some activists around the U.S. are wrapping up their own hunger strike.

Among those activists is 66 year old Elliot Adams of Sharon Springs.

Adams is a Vietnam War Veteran and is the former mayor of Sharon Springs, but now he spends most of his time being an activist. Lately his activism hasn't included much eating.

He is on day 78 of his 80 day hunger strike.

He says he only eats three ounces of oats every day in order to stay alive.

He has gone from 175 pounds down to 135 and says he has problems remembering things now because of his lack of nutrition.

On Sunday he will finally have a meal again for the first time since the middle of May.

He is one of a handful of Americans who went on the hunger strike to protest the U.S. government not closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Friday morning he spoke about his plight to a small group of people in Oneonta.

There have been reports the detainees who are on their own hunger strike have been held at Guantanamo Bay for years without ever being charged with a crime and are now being force fed by U.S. soldiers to keep them alive.

Adams calls that torture and is hoping the U.S. government will hear his and the voices of the other activists and close the facility.

He says that after Sunday, he may no longer be on a hunger strike, but his fight for the closure will continue.

For more on why Adams chooses to fast, you can find a profile on him at

If you'd like to contact Adams, you can do so via Veterans for Peace at 518-441-2697.

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