TV-less Argentine prisoners go on hunger strike

Agence France-Presse | Published: 12:02, Jun 13,2018

 
 

Argentina's (L-R) defender Gabriel Mercado, forward Gonzalo Higuain, forward Paulo Dybala and midfielder Giovani Lo Celso jog during a training session at the team's base camp in Bronnitsy, near Moscow, on June 12, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. AFP photo

Inmates in an Argentine prison have begun a hunger strike to press authorities to repair the cable TV system so they can watch the World Cup.

"Cable television is an indispensable right for everyone deprived of their liberty," according to a statement from nine inmates at Puerto Madryn jail some 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) south of Buenos Aires.

"It hasn't been working for three days. And we have decided not to receive any food until the problem is resolved," the prisoners wrote.

The nine inmates also filed a legal suit to assert their rights. The cable system, located in a common area of the jail, was damaged recently and not repaired.

Argentina face Iceland on Saturday in Moscow in their first match of the World Cup.

The tournament kicks off when hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

 

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