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Justice for the British residents in Guantanamo Bay demo

Issue No. 1985

On the protest last Saturday (Pic: Glenn Williams)

On the protest last Saturday (Pic: Glenn Williams)

A lively demonstration of 600 people made its way through central London to the US embassy last Saturday demanding justice for the British residents in Guantanamo Bay.

The families, lawyers and supporters of the detainees are angry at the British government’s persistent refusal to act on behalf of Omar Deghayes, Binyam Mohammed, Shaker Aamer, Jamal Kiyemba, Bisher Al-Rawi, Jamal El Banna, Ahmed Errachidi, Ahmed Ben Bacha and Abdulnour Sameur, on the basis that they are not British citizens.

Moazzam Begg, a detainee for three years in Guantanamo, said, “We are not begging for mercy or clemency, but asking for justice.”

Amani Deghayes, Omar’s sister, spoke to Socialist Worker, about her brother’s condition and the campaign to free him.

She said, “Omar has managed to contact us and he says he’s doing better.

“He wants to pursue his studies, embrace his law work again.

“The government has had more than enough time to prepare a case for him and the others, but they’ve failed till now. It’s unacceptable for anyone to be detained for so long in such conditions.

“Blair called Guantanamo Bay an ‘anomaly’ – that’s way too diplomatic for what’s going on.

“We’ve got to keep up the pressure and make it as uncomfortable as possible for the government to do nothing.”

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Sat 28 Jan 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1985
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