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Protesters demand Obama close Guantanamo Bay prison

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Rights activists across the United States held a series of protests on Thursday demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay as a hunger-strike at the jail entered a third month.

In a day of action aimed at drawing attention to the plight of prisoners at the facility, demonstrators — many wearing orange jumpsuits famously worn by Guantanamo inmates — demanded US President Barack Obama close the jail.

The protests came as a group of 25 rights organizations wrote an open letter to the US leader.

The letter, whose signatories included Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the American Civil Liberties Union, said the majority of 166 prisoners held at Guantanamo were now on hunger strike.

“The situation is the predictable result of continuing to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge for more than 11 years,” it said.


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