Guantanamo Demonstration in front of Parliament 8 Jan

Members of the UK Guantanamo Network (which includes a number of Amnesty groups/activists) are organising a campaigning action in London on Saturday 8th January 2022 to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on 11th January 2022.  

Your action can really make a difference! Here is what you can do as we head towards the 20th anniversary of the opening of the unacceptable legal black hole that is Guantánamo.   100 volunteers are needed to walk in single file on behalf of those still detained in Guantanamo and to recognise those who have previously been detained there.  

Meeting time on 8th January – midday 

The action is expected to last approximately 2 – 3 hours (maximum) and volunteers will be asked to meet at midday in Victoria Tower Gardens (a public park next to the House of Lords). 

The plan will be to walk in single file to Parliament Square and then up past Downing Street to Trafalgar Square where speeches will be given. After the speeches we will walk back in single file to Victoria Tower Gardens. We will be demanding the closure of Guantánamo and justice for those still detained there/those who have been detained there. We also plan to have a delegation handing a letter into 10 Downing Street for the attention of the Prime Minister. We are trying to gather the names of 100 activistswilling to take part in this campaigning action – please be one of them if you can!   

We are in the process of deciding upon exact timings (for example how long we will stay in Parliament Square, opposite Downing Street, in Trafalgar Square) but we would expect to be back in Victoria Tower Gardens by 3pm at the latest.  

At this point we are aiming to put together a list of 100 volunteers who are prepared to join us to wear an orange jumpsuit and take part in this vigil as a sign of respect to those whose human rights are being abused (or have been abused) in Guantanamo. So far we have 30 volunteers. Can you be one of the 70 volunteers we still need in order to make an impact?  

Further details will be sent out to all volunteers prior to the demonstration so that everyone knows exactly what to do on the day and so that our demonstration can be as impactful as possible. 

Initially – please send your email contact address to Sara Birch (Lewes Amnesty Group) who is putting together a list of all volunteers and will be available to answer any questions you may have as the demonstration date approaches. She will also be sending keeping all volunteers informed of all information that they will need to take part in the campaigning action. Her email is: sarabirch50@hotmail.com