There was little reaction from the public who saw us, one man stopped for a minute, another gave the thumbs up signal, one young woman said Thank you. A boy ran across the road to get an explanation and shouted it out to his ten companions.
By a stroke of luck the Ambassador, Dan Rooney, was eating a snack and, as he returned to te Embassy flanked by two men, he walked straight towards me. As he finished reading my sign, I said "Mr Rooney, I have a letter here for you". He turned his head to one side and as one of the men moved toward me I said "Will you accept this letter from me?" handing the letter in his direction. He told the second man to take it.. And so it was delivered.
Unprepared as I was, I had had to handwrite the following letter on the way to the Embassy:
"Dear Ambassador Dan
We are protesting at the United States Embassy today on the tenth anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo prison. President Obama gave a solemn undertaking to close it - why is it still open? The shame of the Bush era clings to your President and will take many years or decades to undo.
With best personal wishes"
There were countless protests against Guantanamo prison throughout the US and the world today and possibly others in Ireland. A very dedicated group "Witness against Torture" are linked below.
Related Link: http://2012.witnesstorture.org/2012_dayeight