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Prisoners threaten to hunger strike

Inmates in Hegningarhús prison at Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavík, will go on hunger strike by the end of this week if the authorities do not meet their demands.

The prisoners are demanding better food and living conditions and say the authorities have until Friday to react. Fréttabladid reports.

A declaration that the convicts sent to the media yesterday said that they have complained repeatedly about the food they are being served, without result, which they say is of poor quality and monotonous.

The inmates further explained that the ventilation in their cells is not good enough, making them feel mentally and physically ill.

Valtýr Sigurdsson, head of the State Prison Administration, told Fréttabladid that he has not heard any complaints about the food before, but agrees that the conditions in the cells could be better.

Sigurdsson says the convicts’ demands will be looked into this week, but called the prisoners’ threat to stage a hunger strike “unreasonable”.

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