Hundreds march for closure of Gitmo in orange jumpsuits and black hoods

Orange jumpsuits and black hoods over the head are the symbol of America’s torture and indefinate detention at Guantanimo Bay and other sites. Jan 11, 2013 was the 11th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantanimo Bay, and hundreds marched through DC in jumpsuits and hoods demanding Obama keep his promise to close it down.

Video of marchers in hoods and jumpsuits




This year the march began at the Supreme Court, marched past Congressional office buildings, the Federal courthouse, and the FBI before ending at the White House.

Speakers called out Obama for his cowardice in refusing to take countermeasures after the GOP blocked the use of USD funds to transfer detainees into the US. He could have released the detainees unconditionally without any expediture at all. If he wanted to try anyone there in Federal court, the threat of a mass release would have forced the GOP to fund the trials.

At the conclusion of the post-march rally, Amnesty International withdrew and Witness Against Torture crossed the street to tie orange ribbons and banners to the White House fence. Police refused to take the bait, making no arrests. Any arrests would surely have led to the later spectacle of supporters in the orange jumpsuits pulling on black hoods in court, like in the 2007 invasion of the Federal Courthouse on jan 11 that year.


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