Demonstrators have been protesting against the sixth anniversary of the opening of the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. In Australia, they dressed like prisoners in orange jumpsuits, to press home their message outside the US embassy in Sydney.
In the Philippines, activists took a mock jail cell to the US embassy in Manila, and carried placards calling for an end to the detentions at Guantanamo Bay. The protests are part of a worldwide campaign organised by the pressure group Amnesty International, six years after the first transfer of prisoners to the detention centre in Cuba.
They want the American government to close the facility down, once and for all. The demonstrators have called Guantanamo Bay ‘an insult to people who believe and respect human rights.’
They were showing their support for hundreds of detainees from more than 30 countries. Amnesty points out that they are repeatedly called ‘terrorists’ or ‘killers’, but many have been released without charge.