The government members are facing charges of criminal negligence and inhumane treatment. Alexis Deswaef, the lawyer for the Human Rights League: "Apart from these two individuals, it's of course a general responsibility of the whole government."
He is talking about "blind austerity measures" taken by this government and the previous one in the prison sector. This policy has been going on for a longer time, he claims. "They are making time bombs of prisoners, because nothing is being done during their time behind bars. When they leave prison, they haven't done social work, which hampers their reintegration in society."
The strike was initiated by prison wardens some 3 weeks ago. The situation is becoming untenable for prisoners, but also for police who have to replace the prison guards.