Medea Benjamin: “Mr. President, Close Guantanamo, Now!”
Activists from CODEPINK, a national peace and justice organization, and their human rights allies, staged a resolute demonstration in front of the White House on Friday afternoon, May 10, 2013. They are demanding the closure now by the President of the U.S., Barack Obama, of the prison facility at Guantanamo, Cuba. Some of the visuals at the rally, included: wearing the Orange jumpsuit garments of the inmates and reenacting their degrading treatment by U.S. military guards. Currently, about 130 prisoners housed there are on hunger strikes. The activists want the President to keep his promise and to immediately close Guantanamo. They also want him to have the 86 prisoners who have been cleared for release returned promptly “to their home countries.” Speaking on this video is Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK.