January 6, political detainees in the D.C. Detention Center are being forced to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to avoid further terrible conditions and torture.
As several publications have reported, American citizens are being held in deplorable conditions in the D.C. Detention Center for minor offenses linked to the events at the Capitol on January 6, conditions that have been compared to those at Guantanamo Bay. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, detainees were alleged to have been confined alone in their cells for 23 hours a day, sometimes with a single cellmate, for over 400 days with no outside time. Inmates were only allowed one hour to shower or engage in non-cell activities, Washington Post reported.
The jail’s conditions have been severely criticized and condemned. Inmates were not allowed to shave, trim their toenails, or get haircuts; instead, they were given a chemical hair remover, which many were unable or reluctant to use owing to skin irritation. Inmates were not allowed to see their lawyers or relatives, and they could only communicate with them online or over the phone. They were denied access to any library services, leaving them with no reading material to occupy their time while detained. Because all court processes have been slowed, many inmates’ trial dates have been pushed back weeks or even months. Lawyers for inmates have expressed concerns about their clients’ mental health, Daily Mail reported.
“Since his arrest, Ryan Samsel has been held in Washington DC. On March 21, he was awakened by correctional officers, his hands zip-tied, then walked to an unoccupied cell and brutally beaten by the officers. Then Ryan Samsel lost an eye in the beating,” reported Gateway Pundit.
A lawyer for Capitol riot defendant Ryan Samsel says he zip-tied and beaten by a CO at the DC jail on March 21.— Alan Feuer (@alanfeuer) April 6, 2021
The lawyer says the DOC and FBI are looking into the incident. pic.twitter.com/R3M8lk8zMg
The District of Columbia claims that such procedures were required to prevent the virus from spreading across the institution. However, Congressman James Comer (R-KY) took notice of the horrific conditions and wrote a letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser demanding answers. The mayor of DC has not responded to the letter, in direct contravention of the D.C. Home Rule Act, which specifies that Congress has control over the district.
As the COVID-19 pandemic limitations were relaxed, modifications were undertaken at the detention center in response to reports of the jail’s conditions. According to a May report by the Washington Post, some of these political prisoners’ freedoms had been restored, but only to a limited extent.
“D.C. corrections officials will ease an array of coronavirus restrictions in the coming weeks and relax the nearly 24-hour confinement that inmates endured for more than a year, according to plans released Thursday. Beginning May 15 and through July, vaccinated inmates will see a resumption of activities that are in line with the city’s return to pre-pandemic openings, and the rolling back of some of the restrictions that jail officials said were needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus but that drew sharp criticism from lawmakers and allegations of human rights abuses,” Washington Post reported.
“This means that inmates who are not vaccinated are being held in ongoing inhumane lockdown conditions. This is a clear violation of the Nuremberg code, which prohibits testing medications on inmates, and prohibits the use of force or coercion in the use of medical experiments,” said Suzzanne Monk, conservative activist, journalist, and founder of ReOpen America. “These abuses have been made more possible by the already utter disdain for human rights that has been in place in the DC Detention Center for now over 450 days, human rights violations that continue to this day, and are made even more disturbing in their criminal abuse of medical protocol.”