Human Rights Activists Arrested at White House for Protesting Guantanamo

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Human Rights Activists Arrested at White House for Protesting Guantanamo

A detainee from Afghanistan is carried on a stretcher before being interrogated by military officials at Camp X-Ray at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002. Picture: AP
A detainee from Afghanistan is carried on a stretcher before being interrogated by military officials at Camp X-Ray at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002. Picture: AP

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, human rights activists staged a demonstration at noon in front of the White House. They demanded that president Obama close Guantanamo. Human rights activist Diane Wilson was arrested, around 2 PM, for going over the fence and landing on the lawn at the White House in a daring protest action.  A member of the Veterans for Peace and cofounder of CODEPINK, she has been on “a water-only hunger strike since June 1st in solidarity with the detainees at Guantanamo.” Before the demonstration began, Ms. Wilson shared with me the reasons why she is protesting. Soon after her arrest, about 20 more activists were arrested in front of the White House. On this tape, activist Kevin Zeese gives his analysis of the demonstration. He held president Obama responsible for Guantanamo and labeled him “a torturer-in-chief.”

Here, I speak with other activists who attended the action: Debra Sweet, Malachy Kilbride, Stephen Fink, Medea Benjamin, and Dr. Margaret Flowers.