by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) May 17, 2013
Activists demanding the closure of Guantanamo prison marked the 100th day of a hunger strike there Friday by submitting a petition to the White House containing some 370,000 signatures.
A group of activists wearing orange jumpsuits and black hoods like those used on detainees at Guantanamo Bay gathered outside the White House to call for the immediate closure of the controversial jail.
"Immoral, illegal, ineffective," a banner read.
Richard Killmer, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, said that "years of detention without charge or trial have created a sense of desperation and hopelessness among the men at Guantanamo, which has led over 100 of them to join a hunger strike."
Colonel Morris Davis, a former military prosecutor at Guantanamo, handed over the petition to the White House.
Activists also brandished a dummy of President Barack Obama, referencing his past vow to close the US military prison.
Out of 166 inmates, 102 are on hunger strike at Guantanamo with 30 being fed through tubes. One inmate continued to be hospitalized but prison officials said his life was not in danger.
The Long War - Doctrine and Application
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|