We are calling on the US to drop the fallacious charges – which include planning to transport uranium into the US to make a “dirty bomb” – and end the kangaroo court system at Guantánamo.
On Binyam’s birthday, 24 July, we will then move on to the Happy Birthday Binyam! Demonstration outside Downing Street at 6pm, where we will call on the British government to take action – by revealing evidence that it has in its possession – to see Binyam released. The British government asked for Binyam’s release last August and does not believe that Binyam is guilty of anything.
About 10 people, including Andy Worthington, the author of The Guantánamo Files and a staff member of Reprieve, joined the start of the vigil. The police attempted to stop and search a freelance journalist filming the event as the American Embassy feels paranoid about anyone taking pictures of its building or staff. The police were generally amicable.
Six years without trial, enough is enough! Please join us over the next week – we will be there 24/7 until 24/7. Join us in your summer holidays, after work, at lunchtime, take a break from shopping in the West End… Freedom and justice cannot be compromised or subverted/perverted.
Three other activists from the LGC held a monthly stall opposite Ladbroke Grove tube station this afternoon; Binyam lived and worked in this area for over 7 years. Positioned near the entrance to Portobello Market, we have noticed that there is growing awareness and concern locally about Binyam Mohamed. Tourists at the market, however, showed almost no interest. Surprisingly, some people said they thought that Guantánamo had closed down some time ago...have they not seen the newspapers this week and the Omar Khadr video? Holding these stalls over the past few months, we have also met people who knew Binyam when he lived in the area. Leaflets were handed out advertising the 24/7 demo and several dozen signatures were collected on petitions to the Prime Minister. Overall the stall was a success until towards the end when we were drowned out by an Evangelical street concert across the road...
The next stall will be on Saturday 16 August at 1-3pm. Please get in touch for more details.