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Gitmo Protesters Descend On Obama Transition Headquarters

02/13/2009 05:12 am 05:12:01 | Updated May 25, 2011

On Monday, it was reported that Barack Obama was prepared to issue an executive order shortly after taking office to close down the United States military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The news -- a breakthrough for civil rights and foreign policy organizations critical of the detention center -- wasn't enough to placate the masses, it seems. According to the President-elect's pool report, a group of protesters, dressed as Gitmo detainees, demonstrated outside of the Obama's transition headquarters on Tuesday. They have been doing so for the past few days, and were told by police to move away.

As written by the pool reporter:

While your pool was waiting in the motorcade for departure, about two dozen people in orange jump suits with black hoods over their heads and most with their hands tied behind their backs, gathered outside Transition HQ demanding that the terror prison at Guantanamo be shut down. They displayed a banner with a picture of the White House on it that read, "Close Guantanamo." A few also held smaller individual signs that said, "Shut down Guantanamo."

Your pooler was told the group has demonstrated outside President-elect Obama's HQ the past few days. Police, who arrived in eight vehicles, asked the group to move along and they slowly marched off single file, hands behind their backs looking like dejected vision-impaired sanitation workers (except their jumpsuits were pretty darn clean). Upon departure, we observed the relocated protesters about a block away from Transition HQ.

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