Save Shaker Aamer Campaign March and DEMO at PARLIAMENT SQUARE and DOWNING STREET
14th February 2015
Assemble 12 noon - Parliament Square (opposite House of Commons)
March to Downing Street- protest, speeches and deputation (ending at 2pm)
Speakers confirmed: Victoria Brittain author/journalist, Lindsey German STWC, Bruce Kent CND, Yvonne Ridley broadcaster, Joy Hurcombe Chair SSAC, and spokesperson from LGC, plus Members of Parliament and many others invited Reprieve, Amnesty, We Stand With Shaker etc.
The Lewes Amnesty group have joined together with the Brighton and Hove Amnesty group and the Sussex University Amnesty group to organise a coach to take those calling for Shaker Aamer's immediate release to the Free Shaker Aamer demonstration.
We would be delighted if other local Amnesty Groups from other parts of the country are able to plan to join us at the demonstration.
It is a completely unacceptable and inhumane that Shaker Aamer has now been detained in Guantanamo for over 13 years. In 2002, Shaker Aamer was sent to the notorious US detention centre in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He was one of the first to arrive – and now he’s the last UK resident to remain there. During the 13 years he’s been incarcerated, Shaker says that he’s been brutally tortured and has spent much of the time in solitary confinement. But Shaker has never been charged, tried or convicted with any crime.
In 2005 (after three years of detention) Shaker Aamer wrote "‘I am dying here every day, mentally and physically… We have been ignored, locked up in the middle of the ocean…’ What must he be thinking now after 13 years. No doubt he is aware that the UK government has been requesting that the US release and return him to the UK. Maybe he is aware that Obama keeps saying he will close Guantanamo. How can he not feel ignored when day after day he remains uncharged and untried in Guantanamo, separated year after year from his family? Reprieve director Cori Crider has said: “Shaker and his wife and four children in the UK have had enough of the tired old mantra from British officials that they have ‘raised the case’ with their US counterparts.
Please join us on 14th February and show your support for Shaker Aamer.