Trevor Reed: The family of a former US Marine detained in Russia announces that he is starting his second hunger strike

“Trevor had some sort of injury where he thinks he might have a broken rib. Also, he has all the symptoms of active TB. He was in the prison hospital for about 10 days. And then they didn’t treat him. They took an x-ray that didn’t work,” Joey Reed told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day” as he stood outside the White House with his wife, Paula.

He continued: “And when they took him back to his prison, he said, ‘I have to go back. I am still hurt and sick. And they put him back in solitary confinement, where he had spent most of the last seven months. So he protests against that. This is against all Russian regulations and European human rights.

When asked how his son was doing during the strike, Joey Reed said a lawyer was able to pass on a handwritten note from Trevor Reed in which he said “he’s fine”.

“He’s still coughing up blood. And he says he’s got something sticking out of his side, either a rib or some cartilage. And yet he’s not getting any treatment except aspirin,” Joey Reed said.

Trevor Reed was sentenced to nine years in prison in July 2020 for endangering “the life and health” of Russian police officers during an altercation. Reed and his family have denied the charges against him.

This week’s hunger strike is the second the 30-year-old former US Marine has staged in recent months. Last November, he organized a six-day strike to protest against his detention in Russia and the “numerous and flagrant violations” of his human rights by the Russian authorities.

Reed’s parents have urged President Joe Biden to work to bring him home, and on Wednesday they began a protest outside the White House in a bid to raise awareness of their son’s case and secure a meeting with him. Biden.

“Right now we’re scheduled until Friday. If we have to stay longer, we could do that,” Paula Reed told Berman when asked how long she and her husband were willing to stay. in front of the White House.

“We want to meet with the president, and we want to talk to him about prisoner swaps because obviously… asking the Russians to free those hostages didn’t work. It won’t work with any superpower or nuclear power,” he said. Joey. said Reed.

The White House did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN.

Earlier this month, the Reeds spoke on the phone with Biden, who called them after giving a speech in Fort Worth, Texas. A White House official said at the time that the president called the Reeds “to reiterate his commitment to do everything he can to bring their son home, to stay in close contact with them through of his national security team and finding a time to meet in person.”

But Paula Reed told reporters after the call that Biden told them he felt bad he couldn’t meet with them while he was in Texas, where they live, and promised his planner would make an appointment. for the family to meet him in Washington — – a meeting they say hasn’t happened yet.

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