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by Aricka Flowers
Tue Jan 28

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Jan 13

Chicago Activists Mark Guantanamo’s 12th Anniversary, Urge Obama To Close Detention Camp

    On the eve of the 12th anniversary since the first detainees arrived at the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, activists in Chicago demanded that the federal government close the facility and end indefinite detentions.

About 40 organizers with the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo took part in the demonstration, which was held outside of the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse Friday evening. It was one among many national and international protests held over the weekend to urge President Barack Obama to keep his 2008 pledge to shut down Guantanamo, which took in its first prisoners on January 11, 2002.

“It’s the opinion of our coalition and many other people around the world that the camp never should have been opened, and that it’s been very counterproductive in terms of ensuring the security of the United States,” said Bob Palmer with the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo. “It’s been shown that of the several hundred people who have been imprisoned there over the last 12 years that only a handful of them have been either recommended for trial, charged or convicted.”

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