10 de junio de 2008

Anti-Torture Activists Convicted, Jailed for Protesting

Thirty-four anti-torture activists have been convicted for protesting the
Guantanamo Bay prison outside the Supreme Court. Twelve are now
serving jail sentences. During the trial, protesters gave their names and
those of Guantanamo prisoners and dressed in orange jumpsuits and
black hoods.
Fifteen of them chose to be silent in solidarity with the men who have no chance to speak in court. At the beginning of the trial, a statement was read into the record, where the fifteen activists who were wearing orange jumpsuits in the trial said that they had made it further in the criminal justice system in five months than men in Guantanamo have in five years, and were going to be in solidarity with them by not defending themselves, by not taking rights that are not granted to the prisoners in Guantanamo.
These 12 activists are in D.C. jail doing sentences between one and fifteen days. And the rest of the defendants have suspended sentences and one-year stay away from the Supreme Court and one year of probation. And if they violate that, they could be serving their sentences, which range from ten to thirty days.

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