Guantanamo Protesters To March From White House To Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- Marking the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, thousands of protesters are anticipated to march from the White House to the Supreme Court in a series of events that start at noon Wednesday.
Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, National Religious Campaign Against Torture and Witness Against Torture are among the groups planning to protest U.S. detentions at the base and will call on President Obama to close the detention camp, something he promised to do during the 2008 presidential campaign but has not been able to follow through on.
Protesters will be led by 171 people dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, representing the remaining detainees at Guantanamo.
Wednesday's protests will start at noon at Lafayette Park across from the White House.
According to a media advisory, speakers include: Col. Morris Davis, who previously served as the chief prosecutor for the office of Guantanamo military commissions; Talat Hamdani, mother of Salman Hamdani, an emergency medical technician who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and Ramzi Kassem, an attorney who represents detainees at Guantanamo and Bagram air base in Afghanistan.
Similar protests have been planned for London, Paris, Toronto, Paris, Brussels and Berlin.
Read more on today's anniversary here.