From daily The Age in Australia:
January 8, 2007
Ms Sheehan will join a march to the US naval base in eastern Cuba where about 395 suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters are being held.
Washington has faced steady criticism over Guantanamo from rights groups and foreign governments because most of the detainees have not been charged and due to reports of prisoner abuse.
Americans who travel to Cuba without special licences from the US Government can be fined thousands of dollars.
“I’m not afraid. What is most important is the inhumanity that my country is perpetrating in Guantanamo,” Ms Sheehan told reporters on arrival in Cuba.
“If I worried about reprisals I wouldn’t be doing anything … I think it is time for people to step up and try to stop this.”
The Cuban Government, which has long condemned the prison as a concentration camp run by its political enemy, has allowed the protesters to march to the security perimeter of the US enclave.
The group of 12 marchers will include former detainee Asif Iqbal, a British citizen who was released after two years with no charges.
Ms Sheehan, whose son was killed in the Iraq war, became a central figure in the US anti-war movement in 2005 after camping outside President George Bush’s Texas ranch. She has been arrested at a number of protests.
See also here.
London demonstration: here.
Edinburgh demonstration: here.
Canada’s Guantanamo: here.
US rock band Audioslave concert in Cuba: here.
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