On the 11th of January, activists marked another year of prisoners being held without charge or trial at Guantanimo Bay, One detainee was released that morning, bringing the total number of men still buried alive at Gitmo to 103. This includes 44 (maybe 43 now) men “cleared for release” years ago but still held under conditions so bad many detainees have said they would prefer death to remaining at Gitmo.Obama has one year left to fulfill his oath to close Guantanimo Bay. Congress is but an excuse, a threat to pardon all remaining detainees would easily force Congress to enact any other plan the President put forth.
The Jan 11, 2016 protest began with a march to the White House from 4th and D sts near the Federal Courthouse. At the White House they demanded that all remaining detainees be sent home and staged a ceremony symbolizing detainees returning to their homes. Afterwards came a surprise: protesters advanced to the White House sidewalk and staged a civil disobedience. For over an hour they stood their ground in the “no-protest” area of the White House sidewalk. Due to the high political cost of arrests over Guantanimo Bay, police refused to arrest them. They finally withdrew after an hour and a quarter of protest and defiance.