Jailed Egyptian activist Douma still on hunger strike, says wife

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Sep 2014

Nourhan Hafezy denies Ahmed Douma – who is in jail for breaking the protest law – has ended his hunger strike, despite his deteriorating health

A circulated photo on social media networks of Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma enetering court on a wheel chair

Jailed activist Ahmed Douma has not ended his hunger strike, despite his deteriorating health, his wife Nourhan Hafezy has said.

"The rumours about Ahmed ending his hunger strike for fear of his health are not true at all," Hafezy wrote on Facebook. "During my last visit to Ahmed in jail last Thursday he refused to end his hunger strike for any reason despite his poor health and pressure from officers." 

Online news websites carried quotes from prison sources saying Douma had halted his hunger strike, which has been ongoing for over a month, for health reasons.

Ahmed Douma is currently serving three years in prison, along with April 6 co-founders Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, for illegal protesting last November. 

Last week, he appeared in court in a wheelchair looking fragile. He is on trial in a separate case for his alleged participation in the cabinet clashes of December 2011. 

During her last visit, Hafezy took Douma medicines, including analgesics and a drug to prevent him vomiting water, currently the only thing he is ingesting. He has also begun to receive a saline solution transfusion, Hafezy added.

Hafezy said the interior ministry would be to blame for any pressure or attacks on Douma forcing him to end his hunger strike.

Douma and over 80 other activists detained on protest law offences started a hunger strike a month ago in a campaign to demand their release and for the repeal of the protest law

Among the most prominent hunger strikers in prison are Mohamed Soltan, who has been on a hunger strike for more than 240 days despite his deteriorating health, and activist Sanaa Seif who has been on a hunger strike for a month. 

Activists outside prison have joined the hunger strike in solidarity with the detainees. Their campaign has also earned the support of the Constitution Party, April 6 Youth Movement, Strong Egypt Party and other political movements.

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