Diane Wilson on Trial
The trial of Diane Wilson, a fourth generation fisherwoman from the Texas Gulf Coast and a cofounder of peace group CodePink, started today in Washington, D.C.
The longtime activist was arrested in June at a protest calling for the closure of the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay. She and others are protesting the continued use of torture on prisoners at the site, including the force-feeding of Guantánamo prisoners who are on a hunger strike that has lasted more than six months.
Wilson herself went on a 57-day hunger strike in solidarity with the Guantánamo prisoners before being arrested for unlawful entry on June 26, the International Day for Victims of Torture, after scaling the White House fence and attempting to deliver a letter to the White House front door.
Palina Prasasouk, who does social media for Witness Against Torture and is also the web editor for CloseGitmo.net, is live tweeting the trial from @witnesstorture.
I spoke to Prasasouk yesterday and she said she is hoping Wilson gets lots of support in the courtroom. “It’s a jury trial,” Prasasouk said, adding that people have been asked to wear orange in support of Wilson and the Guantánamo detainees.
So far, she’s tweeted, “Judge expects trial of US vs Diane Wilson unlawful entry of White House last 2 days after today's jury selection. Could continue into Monday.”
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