Saturday Is 12th Anniversary of Gitmo; Protests Planned

ba odah smallBy Deirdra Funcheon, The Pulp

Happy birthday, Gitmo!

Saturday, January 11, marks the 12th anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility -- the 12th anniversary of indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Protestors from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Amnesty International USA, and some 20 other organizations will be marching in Washington to demand the closure of the facility, where about 150 prisoners remain.

In a statement, they said they will "call on President Obama to finally fulfill his broken promise to shut it down. President Obama has the power to close Guantánamo, and the new National Defense Authorization Act (2014 NDAA) just approved by Congress makes it even easier for him to do so."

The "DC March Against Torture, Guantanamo & NDAA Demonstration" starts at noon Saturday at the White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.). There's Free housing available at a D.C. church on January 10, if anyone wants to trek up. (Email witnesstorture@gmail.com for more info.)

Everyone else can follow the action with the Twitter hashtag #CloseGitmo.

Individuals can also sign an online letter of support penned by the Center for Constitutional Rights. (Read more)


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