By: NAFEESA SYEED
WASHINGTON — Dozens of human rights activists marked the eighth anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison for detainees by protesting by the White House on Monday.
Members of Witness Against Torture, which is calling on President Barack Obama to follow through with his pledge to close the U.S. prison in Cuba, then marched to downtown Washington. The group also opposes holding prisoners without charge or trial within the United States.
Half of the approximately 40 demonstrators wore orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their heads as they marched with their hands behind their backs from the White House through downtown Washington.
They announced plans for a 12-day fast that will end on Jan. 22 — the original closing date for the prison ordered by Obama. But the government is still working to refurbish a prison in Illinois to hold some prisoners, put others on trial and send some abroad.