Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside of the White House in Washington, DC on Sunday to remind US President Barack Obama, Department of Justice and Congress to fulfill the president’s promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility in Cuba.
“We’re here to remind the President Barack Obama and the people of the United States and all over the world that this is a crime… we need to continue to demand the closure of Guantanamo,” Organizer and member of Witness Against Torture Christopher Knestrick told Sputnik.
Sunday marked the 13th anniversary of the now 127 prisoners remaining at the Cuban facility.
Demonstrators, dressed in bright orange prison uniforms covered their faces with black hoods to show what the Guantanamo prisoners are required to wear every day. Then they made their way to the US Department of Justice to “lay down one carnation for each detainee each of the men in Guantanamo,” Knestrick said.
Knestrick told Sputnik that the demonstrators would also march to the Washington, DC central cell block to make the connection between the Guantanamo detention injustice to the “mass incarceration here [in the United States and] racism here in the United States… similar and related to Islamophobia and the men in Guantanamo.”
The demonstration began with speakers from faith organizations, poets, human rights organizations and activists, addressing the crowd telling them stories of the Guantanamo prisoners who they work with and why the prison should be closed.
“We’re not going away,” activist of several human rights organizations Joan Stallard told Sputnik.
He vowed to continue rallies until all Guantanamo inmates were all released, “if it means that they get moved into maximum security prisons… Guantanamo needs to be closed we need to have our justice system out where we can see it.”
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