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Gitmo Anniversary Inspires Global Protests

Activists from Europe to Kuwait have joined with Cindy Sheehan and others to protest the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where nearly 400 prisoners await their fate.


Los Angeles Times:

Hooded protesters in orange jumpsuits demonstrated outside U.S. embassies throughout Europe, and rights activists marked the date with demands for the release or trial of the remaining 395 men at the prison in southern Cuba.

Activist Cindy Sheehan led a dozen protesters on a march from the city of Guantanamo to the locked back gates of the naval base, where they chanted for an end to the detention of so-called enemy combatants.

“Gitmo prison is a source of shame; no more torture in our name!” shouted Sheehan and the others allowed into Cuba for a rarely permitted visit to the remote base.

Among those who made their way to the little-used northeast gate was Taher Deghayes, who held a photograph of his detainee-brother, Omar Deghayes.

Deghayes’ mother, Zohra Zewawi, accompanied Sheehan’s group to Cuba and told news agencies that her son had been tortured and blinded in one eye since being imprisoned in September 2002.

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