Wednesday, May 28

Some Guantanamo Protestors Have Iowa Roots

The Washington Post covered the story below about the trial of protesters seeking to close Guantanamo who demonstrated in front of the Supreme Court includes four Iowans: Brian Terrell, Christine Gaunt, Ed Bloomer and Kirk Brown.

Thirty-five people accused of staging an illegal demonstration at the Supreme Court went on trial today and used the proceedings as another opportunity to protest conditions at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Many of the 22 men and 13 women dressed themselves in orange prison jumpsuits to show solidarity with Guantanamo detainees. They were arrested Jan. 11 for illegally protesting on the grounds of the Supreme Court, a misdemeanor that carries up to 60 days in jail.0527 11

Watch the video coverage.

The demonstration came on the sixth anniversary of the opening of the detention facility set up to house suspected terrorists. Today, the defendants continued to make political statements about the treatment of detainees as their trial began in D.C. Superior Court.

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