Dozens of inmates in Stanley Prison went on a hunger strike to protest disciplinary actions against three prisoners.
The three male prisoners were disciplined for violations such as washing and ironing uniforms in private, Sing Tao Daily reports.
The hunger strike by 138 inmates started at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. They refused to leave the dining hall and demanded that disciplinary actions against their fellow inmates be dropped, according to news website hk01.com.
The Correctional Services Department (CSD) called in the regional response team, security guards and police dogs when the prisoners refused to leave the canteen.
The venue was cleared three hours later.
A CSD spokesperson said two prisoners suspected of instigating the hunger strike have been placed in isolation pending an investigation.
Meanwhile, an 82-year-old inmate with high blood pressure and diabetes died Thursday morning after saying he felt unwell the night before.
He had been imprisoned for shoplifting since February 2015 and his health condition required close monitoring.
A spokesperson said they have notified the police and a coroner’s court will determine the cause of death.
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