Gov’t delivers bill scrapping maximum-security jails

The government submitted a bill to Parliament on Thursday that foresees the scrapping of maximum-security prisons, an issue that had been one of the driving forces behind numerous sit-in protests by anti-establishment groups over the last few weeks.

The demand for an end to “Type C” prisons and changes to anti-terrorism laws has also prompted 21 inmates to go on hunger strike.

Supporters said on Thursday that the protesting prisoners would not give up until they are certain that their demands have been met.

Speaking at a news conference, doctors expressed concern about the health of the hunger strikers, who launched their protest on March 2.