Miami Protest at U.S. Southern Command to Demand Guantanamo Bay be Closed

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Miami Protest at U.S. Southern Command to Demand

Guantanamo Bay be Closed

Miami, FL January 11, 2014 will mark the twelfth year since the first detainees were sent to the US prison facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Since then, 779 men have been sent to Guantanamo Bay without trial and have been jailed without ever having been officially charged with any crime. As of November 2013, over 160 prisoners remain locked up.

In December 2013, the General responsible for opening the prison wrote a column calling for its immediate closure. US Marine Major General Michael Lehnert called the whole strategy wrong and a mistake that did nothing but "help our enemies." Meanwhile, Senate is set to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act and which would ease restrictions on transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to other countries. This bill is not a solution but a small first step in the direction of finally closing the prison down and ending the torture of its prisoners.

Those interested can follow the live tweets using #closegitmo and #MIAProtestGitmo, or follow @powirsoflo.

WHO: People's Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism (POWIR), CODEPINK-Miami, Veterans for Peace-Miami, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Amnesty International Chapter 248, Miami for Peace & Justice, Progressive Democrats of America-Miami, SJP @ FAU, Broward County Green Party

WHAT: Miami Protest to Close Guantanamo Bay

WHEN: Saturday, January 11th at 2pm – 4pm

WHERE: Starting point is NW 36th Street and NW 87th Ave at 2PM followed by a march to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) 9301 NW 33rd Street, Doral, FL 33172


1. Close Guantanamo Bay now

2. End torture of prisoners

3. Stop force-feeding hunger strikers

4. Release detainees who have not been charged with crimes

5. Transfer cases to Federal Court if legitimate evidence exists

6. Repatriate freed detainees or provide asylum for those who need it.

The permitted march will be followed by a rally in front of SOUTHCOM. Artwork by the internationally renowned artist and activist Huong to be included in the demonstration.