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Students pose as Guantanamo Bay prisoners in protest

Seven members of GW Amnesty International donned prison jumpsuits and blindfolds Wednesday, symbolizing the hundreds of detainees who have encountered political and human rights abuses at Guantanamo Bay. Avra Bossov | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Silverio Ramirez

Members of GW Amnesty International protested Tuesday the treatment of  detainees in the United States’ most controversial military prison with visual demonstrations of some of the conditions in Guantanamo Bay.

Seven students – dressed in orange prison garb with cloth blindfolds over their eyes – walked in a silent single-file line around the H and 21 streets block.

After several minutes of lapping Kogan, the group returned to the middle of the quad, where they remained for two hours, handing out flyers and asking students to pen their names on a petition calling for President Barack Obama to shut down operations at the prison. The organization cited Obama’s 2008 campaign pledge to release all Guantanamo inmates not charged with a crime.

The last student in the prisoner chain wore a black bag over his face and wore a sign that read the name Shaker Aamera.

Amnesy International handed out dozens of flyers that told Aamer’s well-known story about being held for a decade without being formally charged or given a trial. The Saudi Arabian prisoner has become a prominent voice raising the issue of maltreatment at Guantanamo.

Kristina Delgado, co-director of GW Amnesty International said the main goal is to “start a conversation on campus” about human rights violations in the prison.

“With a campus this politically active and the presidential elections coming up, it’s a great time and opportunity for us to do this,” Delgado said.

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