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Shut Down Guantanamo Rally in DC Print
Saturday, May 18 2013 by  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Hits : 521
Why we are demonstrating to Shut Down Guantanamo Now- The Obama administration continues to incarcerate and torture (i.e., force feed) prisoners at Guantanamo who are conducting a hunger strike that has entered its third month. “We the people can mobilize and close down this torture center,” stated Imam Mahdi Bray of MASFreedom. It is a demagogic ploy by the president to again publicly call for the eventual closing of the Guantanamo torture center while not using his presidential authority to act now. The hunger strikers have been held for more than a decade without trial. They prefer death to indefinite detention after years of brutal treatment and torture. Of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo, 86 were cleared for release by the president’s own interagency Task Force as of January 2010. But the president hasn’t released them so they can join their families after this decade-long nightmare. Instead, the Obama administration resorts to brutal force feeding techniques to keep the prisoners alive. This is political too. The administration won’t close Guantanamo but wants to avoid the embarrassment of more suicides at the world’s most notorious torture chamber. Imam Bray continued, “The UN human rights office has condemned force feeding hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay, calling it ‘torture’ and a breach of international law. The American Medical Association also issued a statement condemning the practice.” Even the chief prosecutor for the terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay said: “If any other country were treating prisoners the way we are treating those in Guantanamo we would roundly and rightly criticize that country.” On May 18, 2013, people all over the world are taking part in an international fast in solidarity with the hunger strikers at Guantanamo. At 5:00 p.m. people will be rallying together at the White House to demand that Guantanamo Prison be Shut Down Now! Sponsors: MASFreedom, ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK and others.
Location: Rally at the White House
Contact: 202-355-9469


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