Make Guantanamo History

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Abby Zimet

In a dramatic "infiltration" to mark the 12th grievous anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo, 150 activists occupied the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in two separate actions to speak out against torture and demand the prison be closed and thus "relegated to a museum - to be shuttered and condemned, but also understood as an example of where fear, hatred and violence can take us.” In the action, which was organized by Witness Against Torture and followed a rally at the White House, protesters revised the museum’s “Price of Freedom” exhibit to include twelve years of torture and indefinite detention. Cool video of hundreds of tourists watching, listening, learning. Interestingly, security officials took down banners but negotiated with protesters and declined to make any arrests.

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