US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE (nearest tube: Bond Street / Marble Arch)
Friday 7th October 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan. Ten years on, thousands of civilians have died and many more face the threat of death through strikes by US unmanned drone attacks. The end of the war seems no closer.
Former British prisoner Moazzam Begg described Bagram as being worse than Guantánamo. Hundreds of prisoners have been held at Bagram, which has grown in size and prisoner numbers since Barack Obama became president in 2009. The Oscar-winning documentary film Taxi to the Dark Side charts the torture and demise of a prisoner gratuitously beaten to death by American soldiers in 2002. Countless individuals have also been flown to Afghanistan and tortured and abused in prisons as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition programme.
To mark this sombre tenth anniversary and to show solidarity with the prisoners, their families and victims of torture, we invite you to join our demonstration outside the US Embassy on Friday 7th October, from 6-7pm.
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Join us as we continue to demand justice for former British residents Shaker Aamer, Ahmed Belbacha and others who continue to be held indefinitely without charge or trial at Guantánamo Bay, Bagram and elsewhere.
Also, look out for us and the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign at the Anti-War Assembly in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 8th October.
Tuesday 4 October: 7:45pm, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Waterloo, SE1
The Afghan Monologues, a new production by Actors for Human Rights
This new documentary play from Ice and Fire Theatre brings to the stage the real words of men and women from across Afghan society, as well as Western commentators from the front line.
Ten years. Billions of pounds per year. 140,000 serving foreign troops. Over 11,000 miltary casualties. 9,000 civilians dead. 7.5 million refugees. For millions of citizens and returning refugees, Afghanistan remains home. Afghan Monologues takes us into their lives, including a doctor; a former presidential advisor; a young woman; and a British photojournalist who travels through Afghanistan and follows the stories of Afghan civilians.
Presented by Ice and Fire Theatre and scripted by Christine Bacon
Tickets: £10 – for more details: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/afghan-monologues-60840
London Guantánamo Campaign
london.gtmo [at] gmail.com
The Save Shaker Aamer Campaign (SSAC)
will be taking part in the
Mass Anti-War Assembly
Afghanistan 10 Years On
Stop the War Coalition
Saturday 8th October 2011
Please join us, at any time from 10am to 8pm
in Trafalgar Square for our
TEN HOURS FOR TEN YEARS DEMONSTRATION
We invite you to visit our stall, sign SSAC petitions, postcards and letters,
make your protest and spend time in a GUANTANAMO CAGE
The Shaker Aamer Campaign urges the UK Government to demand the immediate release of British Resident Shaker Aamer to the UK as a matter of great urgency. The news that Shaker is once more on hunger strike can only lead us to suspect that his health is deteriorating and his life may be in danger. We urge the UK Government to insist on access to Shaker Aamer by an independent medical team with a view to his fitness to travel back to the UK. Shaker's health has suffered from the long years of physical and mental abuse both in Guantanamo and in Afghanistan. He has alleged that he was tortured in Bagram and Kandahar. We call for Shaker to be returned to the UK. Shaker is a UK resident, he has been cleared for release in 2007 and faces no charges or trial. He has been outspoken in his defence of other detainees against the injustice in Guantanamo. After nearly ten years, he is still in Guantanamo, punished for demanding basic human rights denied to those who still remain in Guantanamo. The US and UK Governments must act to bring him home before it is too late.