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Torture in Guantanamo? Senator Condones, Protestors Condemn
Protestors today staged a demonstration at Senator Dianne Feinstein's office in San Francisco, condemning inhumane treatment of prisoners from Afghanistan held at a U.S. base in Guantanamo, Cuba.
The event supported the federal court petition demanding legal rights for Afghan fighters, filed by The Committee of Clergy, Lawyers and Professors, a group that includes former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and other prominent civil rights advocates.
The demonstration, with street theater, protested prisoners' being drugged, shackled, forcibly shaved, covered with black hoods and kept in 8'x8' outdoor cages, with no access to lawyers even though they might face the death penalty. After visiting the detention center, Senator Feinstein insisted that this treatment is "humane."
The protestors also raised concerns with the conditions and rights of the approximately 300 detainees being held in unprecedented incommunicado by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Almost all of them are being held for immigration violations, very few on criminal charges and virtually none for anything directly related to the Sept 11 attacks. Families, lawyers and journalists are being denied even the most basic information about the people being held.
The event was sponsored by: Arab Women's Solidarity Association, Bay Area Police Watch, Critical Resistance, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Freedom Archives, Friends of Marilyn Buck, Global Exchange, International Action Center, INS Watch, Jericho Amnesty Movement, Lesbian And GAy Insurrection, Left Party, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Movimiento por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes, National Lawyers Guild - SF Bay Area Chapter, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Prison Activist Resource Center, SF Women in Black.