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Free Omar from Guantanamo

by Cath Senker
Issue No. 1970

On the day the Labour Party conference began in Brighton, around 300 protesters joined the biggest demonstration yet for the release of Brighton resident Omar Deghayes who has been incarcerated for three years in Guantanamo Bay.

Omar and over 200 other detainees have been on hunger strike for seven weeks over their appalling treatment, and several are now in a critical condition.

Activists from the Save Omar campaign faced the conference centre with placards spelling out “Bring Omar Home”.

Speakers at the protest included Tony Benn. He said, “One of the by-products of this war has been that civil liberties have been torn up in the US and Britain. This is not by accident but because it is easier to govern people if they are kept frightened.”

Omar’s brother, Abu Baker Deghayes, made an impassioned plea, asking, “Why is that when politicians take power they lose their humanity? History will judge both Tony Blair and George Bush by their words. I hope they will find some humanity to release Omar from Guantanamo Bay.”

For more details on the Save Omar campaign go to

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Sat 1 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1970
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