Hunger strikes: “the weapon of those who have nothing but their bodies with which to protest”*
The London Guantánamo Campaign invites you to join us at an
EMERGENCY PROTEST AT THE CURRENT HUNGER STRIKE AT GUANTANAMO BAY
SUNDAY 17 MARCH, 2-4PM
US EMBASSY, GROSVENOR SQUARE, LONDON, W1A 1AE (nearest tube: Bond St/Marble Arch)
We will have speakers and an open mic
Almost all of the 166 prisoners at Guantánamo Bay have been on hunger strike since early February. This protest which has led to force feeding against the human rights of prisoners and some prisoners losing over 15kg in weight was prompted by the confiscation of personal items from cells and the desecration of copies of the Koran. In a letter sent by lawyers for the prisoners to the prison commander on 4 March, they state that the “situation is potentially life-threatening.” The US military denies the situation, which is clearly getting out of hand.
Over half of the prisoners have been cleared for release and less than a dozen face any charges after more than a decade of arbitrary detention. The desperation shown in the latest episode of this hostage crisis has been ignored by the mainstream media. We invite you to join us as we protest this injustice.
For more details, please e-mail: london.gtmo [at] gmail.com
More on this news: http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/03/04/guantanamo-prisoners-on-hunger-strike-against-new-guard-force-confiscating-personal-items/#
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* From Borderline Justice by Frances Webber, 2012, originally as "...who had nothing..."