Activists Say It’s Time to Close Gitmo
Human rights activists are gathering in Washington, D.C., this week as part of a CloseGitmo.net days of action.
The activists are calling for the closing of the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay and the end of force-feedings of prisoners on a hunger strike. Currently, 164 men are on a hunger strike due to deteriorating conditions at the prison.
For several years, people have held a weekly vigil on Fridays at the White House to call attention to the human rights abuses at Guantánamo. Some have gone as far as fasting in solidarity with the prisoners.
Longtime rabble-rouser Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper from the Texas Gulf Coast and cofounder of CodePink, fasted for 57 days. On June 26, the International Day for Victims of Torture, Wilson scaled the White House fence to deliver a letter about the hunger strikers, many of whom have not been charged with a crime and have been cleared for release.
Wilson’s jury trial starts Thursday, September 5.
On Friday, Andrés Thomas Conteris, 50, will be force-fed in front of the White House. The force-feeding is being done in public to draw attention to the force-feedings happening daily in Guantánamo. Conteris has been on a hunger strike for more than fifty days.
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