Tre Arrow began presenting his case to a Canadian immigration panel yesterday in Vancouver. The imprisoned forest activist also had his first decent meal since his arrest March 13.
Hands cuffed behind his back, wearing a red prison shirt, Tre called out to supporters as he was led into the closed hearing room: "Thank you so much for the food! My belly hasn't felt this full in months. I love you, I love you so much!" Tre's friends and allies clapped and cheered as guards hustled him away down the hall.
After six weeks on a hunger strike, Tre is once again eating vegan raw food. But BC Corrections won't provide him with an adequate diet. He survives on a few salads and apples each week.
Tre now weighs just 109 pounds, 40 pounds less than ten weeks ago. His wrists look like sticks, and the bones of his face stand out clearly in the glare of the fluorescent lights.
Supporters in BC pooled their resources to lay out an organic raw food smorgasbord for Tre this week, including homemade guacamole, kiwis, dates, and coconut milk. On hearing days, when he's taken from Port Coquitlam to downtown Vancouver, Tre is allowed to have outside food. Otherwise, officials at the maximum-security detention centre refuse to allow his supporters to bring him what he needs. His devastating weight loss is caused by a lack of fat and protein in his diet.
Tre's hearing for admissibility to Canada continues tomorrow (June 2), and a decision is expected in the afternoon.