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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Demonstrations mark fifth anniversary of Guantanamo
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 On the fifth anniversary of the Guantánamo Bay detention centre yesterday, thousands of campaigners around the world took part in demonstrations and activities calling for the US authorities to close the prison camp. Members of religious orders, Pax Christi and Justice and peace groups joined Amnesty International members in more than 20 countries, from Washington DC to Tokyo and from Tel Aviv to London, Tunis, Madrid and Asunción. In London about 300 protesters gathered outside the US embassy dressed in orange boiler-suits, blindfolds, goggles and face-masks ­ as worn by prisoners in the camp. The night before a candlelit vigil had been held outside Downing Street. Around 350 men are still being held at the prison camp, with no legal representation or contact with their families. Amnesty International's director Kate Allen, said: "If there is evidence against anyone in Guantanamo, they should be charged and brought in front of a court. Otherwise they should be released and Guantanamo should be closed."
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