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Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee

Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
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A protester wears a black bag over his head, reflecting the process carried out by the US military on detainees.
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A protester wearing a Barack Obama mask and orange jumpsuit kneels in front of Buckingham Palace.
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An activist wearing a Barack Obama mask, chains and an orange jumpsuit protests in front of Buckingham Palace.
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Activists wearing Barack Obama and David Cameron masks and orange jumpsuits protest in front of Buckingham Palace.
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A protester wearing a Barack Obama mask, chains and orange jumpsuit in front of Buckingham Palace.
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Activists supporting Shaker Aamer protest against his detention and against extraordinary rendition by the USA.
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Activists supporting Shaker Aamer protest against his detention and against extraordinary rendition by the USA.
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Activists supporting Shaker Aamer protest against his detention and against extraordinary rendition by the USA.
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Activists supporting Shaker Aamer protest against his detention and against extraordinary rendition by the USA.
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Activists supporting Shaker Aamer protest against his detention and against extraordinary rendition by the USA.
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Activists supporting Shaker Aamer protest against his detention and against extraordinary rendition by the USA.
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Protesters in orange jumpsuits watch as a police Forward Intelligence team moves through the crowd, videoing everyone's faces.
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Activists supporting Shaker Aamer protest against his detention and against extraordinary rendition by the USA.
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Muslim activists supporting Shaker Aamer protest against his detention and against extraordinary rendition by the USA.
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An activist protesting the detention of Shaker Aamer discusses their petition with passers-by.
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  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee
  • Protesters call for Obama to free British Guantanamo Detainee

As US President Barack Obama visited Buckingham Palace, protesters called for the release of Shaker Aamer, a Muslim from Battersea in London, who has been detained without charge for nine years in Guantanamo. London, UK. 24th May 2011

A group of supporters mounted a colourful protest today outside Buckingham Palace during U.S. President Barack Obama's state visit, calling for the release from Guantanamo Bay of Shaker Aamer, a British muslim from Battersea in London, who has been held without charge or trial for over nine years in the harshest of conditions in the notorious American military prison. All the other British detainees have now been returned home, having all been the victims of cruel and inhumane treatment at the hands of their US Military captors, yet Shaker Aamer remains.

Though President Obama made the closure of Guantanamo one of the central themes of his pre-election campaigns, and despite him having signed an Executive Order to close Guantanamo by January 2010 soon after becoming President, the Military prison remains open for business as usual and remains a part of the continuing, unaccountable US policy of abduction, rendition, torture and indefinite detention without trial or due process in the so-called "War on Terror".

Today's protesters also called for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and the equally infamous CIA prison at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, and for the immediate release of all the detainees who have not been charged with a single offence.

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