According to the mainstream media Breivik has threatened to start a hunger strike over his prison conditions. The sources are a 4 page hand-written letter he wrote to the prison authorities that was leaked to the press (like his previous complaint letter), and a letter that was written January 29th to a French news agency.
The media refuses to name the most grievous aspects of Commander Breivik’s stay in prison, 5 minutes of human contact a day with the prison psychologist, no phone calls, no visitations, no (or extremely delayed) letter correspondence to friends and supporters. When he wants to leave his cell he has to undergo a strip search and he’s painfully handcuffed. Guards have been instructed to keep communication to a bare minimum. This kind of treatment is commonly used as a punishment for bad behavior and isn’t recommended to last for more than two weeks. Breivik has been subjected to this treatment for over 2 years now.
Breivik lists 12 requests to improve his prison conditions, one of which is to be given a Playstation 3 (he currently has an outdated Playstation 2) and being able to pick his own games as compensation for lack of socialization. Subsequently the media tries to make the masses believe that the announced hungerstrike is about a Playstation 3, they’ll undoubtedly succeed.
Some quotes from the letter:
“You have put me through hell (…) and I won’t be able to survive it much longer. You are killing me”
“You seem to think that we — all human rights activists who fight for one fundamental human right (cultural self-determination) — … are Nazi monsters who should be pushed into suicide”
“The hunger strike will not stop until (Justice Minister Anders) Anundsen and (Penitentiary affairs director) Marianne Vollan stop treating me worse than an animal.”
“If I die, all the far right radicals and extremists in the European world will know exactly which individuals tortured me to death (…) This could have consequences for some individuals on the short term but also when Norway will have a new fascist regime in 13 to 40 years.”
It’s hard to predict if there will be extensive trials after the inevitable regime change.
If Breivik goes on a hunger strike he will be force-fed eventually as I doubt they’ll let him die. Watching someone starve will be psychologically difficult on the guards. Hard to predict what the additional cost is for the Norwegian government if he goes on strike, if he needs to be hospitalized it can get costly. It’s also difficult to punish a prisoner for not eating, making it one of the few ways Breivik can protest without breaking the prison rules.