Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

After 72 days, a heart attack, a stroke and numerous other physical complications, the London Hunger Strikes come to an end as Iraq formally releases the 36 detainees. US Embassy, London. 7th October 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Camp Ashraf Day 72, 36 Detainees Released. US Embassy, London. 7th October 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-10-07 00:00:00

72 days after hunger strikes start around the world in protest at the attacks carried out by Iraqi security forces on Camp Ashraf, Iraq releases 36 Iranian pro-democracy prisoners it has been holding arbitrarily in extra-judicial detention.

The 36 detainees are released from detention early on the morning of 7th October and are taken immediately back to Camp Ashraf. Observers claim the men are in poor physical health as a result of their detention.

In London, one of the sites of the worldwide hunger strikes, Iranians end their hunger strike in jubilant scenes outside the embassy of the United States in Grosvenor Square.

They spend the day congratulating each other on their success, watching a press conference that takes place in Paris formally announcing the release and preparing to take the now former hunger strikers to hospital for formal medical examination to assess their health post protest.

US Embassy, London. 7th October 2009.

The London Hunger Strikers listen to the announcement.

The London Hunger Strikers listen to the announcement.

They congratulate each other as the announcement is made that the 36 detainees are released.

They congratulate each other as the announcement is made that the 36 detainees are released.

One of the London Hunger Strikers celebrates their success.

One of the London Hunger Strikers celebrates their success.

Farzaneh Dadkhah raises her hand and gives a victory salute as the news comes through.

Farzaneh Dadkhah raises her hand and gives a victory salute as the news comes through.

Another Iranian woman punches the air in celebration.

Another Iranian woman punches the air in celebration.

Original Hunger Strikers Fatemah Khezri and Soudabeh Heidari end their hunger strike outside the US Embassy in jubilation.

Original Hunger Strikers Fatemah Khezri and Soudabeh Heidari end their hunger strike outside the US Embassy in jubilation.

One of the Hunger Strikers receives a floral award in recognition of his sacrifice.

One of the Hunger Strikers receives a floral award in recognition of his sacrifice.

Two Iranian women hug as the hunger strikes approach the end.

Two Iranian women hug as the hunger strikes approach the end.