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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Campaigners walk across Cuba to visit Guantanamo prisoners
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 Members of the Catholic Worker Communities and other peace groups have begun walking 80 miles from Santiago de Cuba to the gates of the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, to arrive this Saturday, 10 December, International Human Rights Day. New Yorker Frida Berrigan, 31, from the War Resisters League (WRL) said she is participating because: "torture is terrorism. What the US government is doing in our name and with our money is a crime against humanity, it makes us fundamentally less secure, and is counter to all that is good and right. It is just that simple." Ralph DiGia, a longtime WRL staff member who will celebrate his 91st birthday while the group is out of the country, was part of the 1964 'Walk to Peace from Quebec to Guantánamo.' He recalled: "Members of our group were beaten and arrested in Georgia for being an interracial group, and we were barred from leaving the country in Miami. I wish Frida better luck than we had." In 2002, WRL gave its Peace Award to Christian Peace Makers Team. A spokesman said: "Now four members of that nonviolent group have been kidnapped in Iraq. Instead of responding with fear and retreat in the face of such horrors, nonviolent activists must continue to be creative and courageous. We are glad that Frida and others are marching in the spirit of nonviolence to send a strong and clear message that victims of war are not forgotten, and encourage others to support their efforts." Founded in 1923, the War Resisters League believes war to be a crime against humanity and advocates Gandhian nonviolence as the method for creating a democratic society free of war, racism, sexism, and human exploitation. For more information see:
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