Mothers Hold Hunger Strike For Imprisoned Bay Area Hikers

BERKELEY (KCBS) – The trial of two UC Berkeley graduates, who have been imprisoned in Iran for more than 21 months, has been delayed once again, leaving their families without an explanation.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were scheduled to go on trial on May 11. They along with Sarah Shourd were hiking in July 2009 when they crossed over the border into Iran. They face espionage charges.

Shourd was released last September for medical reasons and cannot attend the trial in Tehran because of her health.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Meanwhile, Cindy Hickey and Laura Fattal, the mothers of Shane and Josh, have started a hunger strike to show their support for their sons.

“Sarah shared with us that they had actually made this plan when she was still in prison that if things didn’t move forward, they would go on hunger strike,” said Hickey. “We’re very confident that Shane and Josh are probably hunger striking also due to the fact that they are at a standstill.”

Hickey said they are only drinking water and plan to continue the strike as long as they physically can. Other family members and supporters will then join in what she calls “a rolling hunger strike.”

Hickey said she greatly misses her son, as the last time she actually saw him was a year ago in Iran. The last time she spoke with him in November was when he was allowed a five-minute phone call.

“We know absolutely nothing. Our lawyer is trying. He’s pushed and pushed to have some answers to the question of why and when this will continue,” said Hickey. “It’s devastating and it’s gotten to be cruel and inhumane.”

The Tehran government has postponed the trial and has not offered an explanation as to why it has been delayed.

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  • athenia

    what were they doing there in the first place? Plenty of places to hilke in Calif! I do not think these people care about the hunger strike! they need some Us Navy Seals toget them out!

  • M K

    These are 3 liberal hippies from CA who were out of touch with that thing called REALITY.
    What normal, sane person goes hiking in what is essentially a war zone? They got what they asked for….a reality check.

  • Grande Chichis

    Oh Yeah…that will get them freed. “Release the prisoners, the mothers are going on a hunger strike.” How ridiculous! This is how we should treat people that cross our borders illegally. I can guarantee you that Iran does not have a problem with illegal immigration. The hunger strike makes as much sense as hiking in Iran. Now I can see where these guys get their intelligence from.

  • Ferris

    I will agree that the hunger strike isn’t going to get the attention these mothers want to get, but!!! I do feel that since we have shown that we are capable of using elite forces to get business done, that we could use elite forces in this case as well as the case of the one single POW in arms way. So that is how I feel, and I do not know why these 3 people, 2 men and 1 woman was overseas, when there are plenty of hiking places right here in our country that could have been explored. So I do not understand that situation.

  • GetReal

    We should not spend one cent engaging special forces to rescue these idiots!!!!

  • Male Member

    Couldn’t she just take a vow of silence instead?

  • Vincent

    You all should get some information before passing judgement. These 3 did not go to the middle east to go hiking. They were all living there doing peace work. They took a vacation from their jobs and were advised to go to the place that they were captured because it was one of the only neutral places in the general region and was considered relatively safe. There is also plenty of evidence that they are acurate that they never crossed into Iran. According to the parts of the investigation that have been released that the Iranians that captured them had crossed over into Kurdistan.

    • Robert

      So the border between Iraq and Iran is considered neutral? I have a bridge for sale…..

  • Pat Turlington

    Our children fight for the freedom of liberal idiots like this! Not one dime should we spend, not one!!

  • Hikers, my rear end !

    When was the last time the military tracked whereabouts of 3 random hikers as they hiked, and scrambeled F16’s ????

  • Bob J

    These mothers sound as smart as their kids. What were these kids doing hiking in a war zone and what is a hunger strike going to do?

  • AmericanBlues

    No wonder those kids did what they did. Hippies and their children, living in make believe.

  • adam

    Only pinche gringos would do such thing like this.

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