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Friday, March 24, 2017
Campaigners begin prayer vigil outside Guantanamo Bay detention centre
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¬†Twenty-five American peace campaigners, who walked 50 miles across Cuba to Guantanamo Bay US Navy detention centre, are now holding a prayer vigil at the gate - having been denied entry to visit the prisoners. During a press conference after the group's arrival on Tuesday night, Sister Anne Montgomery, 79, first appealed for the release of the Christian Peacemakers kidnapped in Iraq. She then said: "We feel that what is happening in GuantŠnamo represents the dehumanisation of the prisoners, the guards and those that make war. We pray at the gates of GuantŠnamo that love will overcome this dehumanisation." Susan Crane of the Catholic Worker Movement said: "I've been in prison when people outside were holding a vigil. I could feel the encouragement - not just me, but the other women, that people were praying for me. It brings hope." Crane said the US war on terror would not bring security. She said the only way the country can protect itself is by changing its attitudes and actions toward the rest of the world. "Jesus brought a new commandment: to love one another," she said. "To me, non-violence is the only thing that's going to work." The group have made several calls to the base requesting access but have been refused each time. A spokesman said: "What ever happened to George Bush's generous invitation that those who are concerned about Guantanamo should 'go down yourself... and take a look at the conditions?' For more information see the Witness For Torture website at:
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