The University of Nottingham's Amnesty International Society's held a protest against the continuing human rights abuses at Guantanamo Bay.
Enough is enough! Guantánamo Bay is a symbol of injustice and abuse. It must be closed down.
Following the spectacular success of the earlier AIUK silent protest in Central London outside the US embassy, The University of Nottingham’s Amnesty International Society thus staged a similar silent protest in Long Row East in Nottingham city centre [next to the City Hall], where each participant was decked out with a Guantanamo Bay style orange jump suit.
Concurrent with this demo, a contingent of the orange ones, went to the local Starbucks Coffee House, in Clumber Street.Starbucks has an outlet in Guantanamo Bay. They proudly support the US military.
A company spokesman has said: “We refrain from taking a position on the legality of the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay”. The company also states: “Starbucks has the deepest respect and admiration for U.S. military personnel. We are extremely grateful to the men and women who serve stateside and overseas. We sincerely appreciate that they are willing to risk their lives to protect Americans and our values of freedom and democracy.” So, there you have it.
Anyway, the organisers had asked, and gained permission from the authorities, a month ago. However, I saw the first two policemen, come round the corner on patrol, and their faces were a picture of suprise. So, nobody had told them ........ As usual, the Community Protection officers and the Police Community Support Officers [half-constables] just had to get involved also. Clearly, since those protesting needed support and protection.
I understand many signatores where collected for the petition, and a large number of leaflets handed out, explaining what it's all about.
Alan Simpson, MP for Nottingham South, joined in the protest about half way through. Very much in support of those there, he wished all well. Further, he was kind enough to do a short interview for Indymedia.
Well done to those involved!!
For further info and to get involved contact- firstname.lastname@example.org
Amnesty International Society - University of Nottingham http://su.nottingham.ac.uk/~amnesty
Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org.uk
The National Guantanamo Coalition http://www.guantanamo.org.uk
Tackle the Shackles, Close Guantanamo http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/01/359937.html
Sheffield G8 Events: Guantanamo Bay orange jump suits http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/06/314498.html
Amnesty protest over Guantanamo Bay in Nottingham :: report with audio
London's Guantanamo Demos : Contains Radio piece for Resonance show - Monday 12th March, 10.30-11.30pm [thanks ftp]
previous Nottingham University Peace Matters:
Protests as arms dealers attend Careers Fair
Lt.General Arif Hassan, of the Pakistan Army, Nottingham University
Prime Minister visits Nottingham University
'Overcoming Media Bias' Nottingham Student Peace Peace Conference
Student Peace Conference :: University of Nottingham
Die-In at Nottingham University to protest at un-ethical investments
Sounds on the Downs,Nottingham University
Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham. UK
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