Vigil Against Guantanamo in Lewes Shopping Precinct

Protesters in orange jumpsuits took to the streets of Lewes in August to protest against the continued detention without charge or trial of forty men in Guantanamo. Lewes Amnesty Campaigners were joined by Amnesty members from Brighton and Hove, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Kingston.

We were keen to raise awareness about the continued operation of the illegal detention centre where dozens of men continue to languish without ever having been charged or faced a trial.

We also wanted to show the detainees, all of whom have not seen their family members during their detention, that they had not been forgotten.

Sara Birch, one of the organisers of the vigil, said “It is likely that the detainees will become aware of this action and so buy taking this action at the very least we will show these men that they have not been forgotten by the outside world”.

Lewes Amnesty is also organising a letter-writing project over the coming months to ensure that each of the detainees receives a letter. Says Birch: “Amnesty International aims to shine a light on the darkness whenever and wherever human rights violations are taking place and this is what we are aiming to do next Saturday on behalf of those men still detained in Guantanamo”.

Sara Birch of Lewes Amnesty Group and Anthony Kalume of Diversity Lewes