Dozens of activists wearing prison-style jumpsuits converged in front of the White House late in the morning and by the afternoon, Pennsylvania Ave was shut down.
Diane Wilson an activist from Texas locked herself to the fence outside of the White House to call for the closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison. Her action--a climax to weeks of demonstrations and earlier events urging for the prison’s closure. She’s on day 10 of a hunger strike in solidarity with prisoners who are also on a hunger strike and are being force fed through nose tubes.
Just hours before, members of CODEPINK and other activists participated in reenactments of how US authorities treat detainees. And carried flowers for detainees who died while in US custody at Gitmo.
There are 166 detainees at Guantanamo. Activists say at least 80 men have been cleared for release.
US authorities claim that 100 of the Guantanamo inmates are currently on hunger strike, but lawyers of the foreign captives have reported that 130 detainees have joined the protest effort.
Nearly two dozen of the captives are being force-fed via tubes snaked up their nose and into their stomach.
The hunger strike by Guantanamo inmates initially began in early February over charges of mistreatment by prison guards, including the mishandling of copies of the Quran in possession of the detainees.
Dozens of demonstrators gathered in front of the white house. this mother’s day weekend activists are urging michelle obama to put pressure on barack obama to think about family and to close down the prison.
Activists say they are observing an increase in nationwide awareness concerning Gitmo.
Police later removed Wilson’s lock and she was arrested.
President Obama pledged that he would close down Guantanamo Bay Prison during his first term, but failed. He renewed his vow last month. Activists here want the US president to step up the urgency before more men needlessly lose their lives.