Hungry For Freedom

Haitian refugees protest a double standard in immigration policy

AFTER MONTHS BEHIND BARBED WIRE AT KROME DEtention center outside Miami, some 160 Haitian refugees concluded that it was time for a desperate gesture. They announced a hunger strike to win their freedom, in an effort to protest what they see as an immigration double standard. The Haitians watched angrily as 48 Cubans who hijacked an airliner out of Havana earlier this month were released almost overnight. Hundreds of black Haitians -- who risked a 600-mile sea voyage in rickety boats to flee an often cruel military rule -- have been detained for months while their asylum claims are reviewed.

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