Hikers’ Mothers To Go On Hunger Strike

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 at 9:35 am

The mothers of two U.S. hikers held in Iran for nearly two years said they are starting a hunger strike today. The Associated Press reports that the announcement comes as the moms make a public show of solidarity with their sons, whom they believe are fasting while awaiting trial on espionage charges.

Last week, Iranian authorities delayed the trial of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 28, without explanation.

Bauer’s mother, Cindy Hickey of Pine City, Minn., told The Associated Press that she and Fattal’s mother, Laura Fattal, believe their sons are fasting. So the mothers plan to do the same and will drink only water to show support for their sons.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Hickey and Laura Fattal’s visit to Tehran, the only time they have seen their sons since their arrest on July 31, 2009.

Sarah Shourd, who got engaged to her boyfriend Bauer after their arrest, was released in September.

The three say they were hiking in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region and that any crossing into Iran was inadvertent. They deny the espionage charges.

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