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National Day of Protest: Close Guantanamo and End U.S. Torture Policies Everywhere
by J
Sunday Jan 11th, 2009 5:05 PM
Sunday, January 11, a rally protesting U.S. torture at Guantanamo and around the world took place at Market and Powell Streets in San Francisco. A march through the surrounding Union Square shopping district with a line of orange-clad "prisoners" dramatized the plight of people caught in the U.S. detention system and was followed by concluding remarks at the Powell Street cable car turnaround.
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Sunday, January 11, a rally protesting U.S. torture at Guantanamo and around the world took place at Market and Powell Streets in San Francisco. A march through the surrounding Union Square shopping district with a line of orange-clad "prisoners" dramatized the plight of people caught in the U.S. detention system and was followed by concluding remarks at the Powell Street cable car turnaround. The rally was part of a National Day of Protest: Close Guantanamo and End U.S. Torture Policies Everywhere and was organized locally by World Can't Wait, Cindy Sheehan, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian universalists Social Justice Committee, FireJohnYoo.org and Code Pink. The demonstrators condemned torture and rendition and demanded the prosecution of U.S. war criminals responsible for these acts.
§Speakers highlight crimes
by J Sunday Jan 11th, 2009 5:05 PM
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tortureprotest2.jpg

Speakers addressed the mix of people at the concluding rally - protesters, shoppers, and tourists.
§Signs and props
by J Sunday Jan 11th, 2009 5:05 PM

Signs and props address the issues - torture at Abu Ghraib, the massacre in Palestine, bringing perpetrators and enablers (John Yoo) to justice, and peace.
§Orange jumpsuits
by J Sunday Jan 11th, 2009 5:05 PM
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tortureprotest4.jpg

Orange jumpsuits, worn in solidarity with the prisoners at Guantanamo, represent the prisoners subjected to torture and rendition around the world.