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Protests mark Guantanamo fifth anniversary

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Protests mark Guantanamo fifth anniversary


Human rights groups around the world have been marking the fifth anniversary of the opening of the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. Amnesty Intenational underlined its opposition to the prison in a demonstration in London.

Hundreds of supporters gathered outside the American embassy dressed in orange boiler suits of the kind worn by the detainees, whom the US classify as “enemy combatants”.

Amnesty and other organisations say the camp is illegal under international law. They say the inmates should be charged or released
and the jail shut down.

In Melbourne, protesters highlighted the case of one Australian detainee.

The first suspects flown to Guantanamo on Cuba five years ago were captured in the US-led war on Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks..

Since then almost 800 captives have been held there.

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