For Immediate Release
Amnesty International USA Brings Guantanamo Cell Replica to St. Louis
Replica Along with Key Speakers to Highlight Human Rights Organization’s Midwest Annual Regional Conference
WASHINGTON - Amnesty International USA
(AIUSA) brings its national tour of a life-size Guantanamo prison cell
replica to St. Louis, MO, beginning Friday, October 24 until Sunday, October
26. Visitors are encouraged to experience the cell and continue to
push the Bush administration to shut down the U.S.-controlled detention
facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The cell is designed to provide all visitors
with a tangible way to understand the life of a Guantanamo detainee. The
replica includes a steel toilet, florescent lights and a sliding metal
door. Many detainees are held in isolation in similar conditions for as
long as 23 hours a day.
The cell replica will be on exhibit at the
Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel's parking lot on Friday, October 24 (noon
to 7:00 p.m.), Saturday, October 25 (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sunday, October
26 (9 a.m. to noon). Visitors may tour the cell and record a 30-second
reaction video that will be posted on youtube.com and tearitdown.org, as
well as sign the global petition to shut Guantanamo down.
In addition, AIUSA will hold its Midwest
Regional Conference during the cell replica's exhibition. Key speakers
during the three-day event include Congressman William Clay (D-MO 1) and
AIUSA executive director Larry Cox. There will also be performances by
National Poetry Slam winner and HBO Def Poetry alum Big Poppa E.
Guantanamo Cell Replica
Exhibit in St. Louis
Friday, October 24 (noon
to 7 p.m.), Saturday, October 25 (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sunday, October
26 (9:00 a.m. to noon)
Hilton St. Louis Airport
Hotel Parking Lot
10330 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63134
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