End 18 Years Of Injustice

Gitmo Clock 2020 photos

This is the latest page for photos of supporters holding up posters marking how long the disgraceful prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open, and urging Donald Trump to close it. The page currently features photos from the 18th anniversary of the prison's opening, on Jan. 11, 2020, when it had been open for 6,575 days, and Feb. 5, when it had been open for 6,600 days. Throughout the rest of 2020, we have posters marking 6,700 days (on May 16), 6,800 days (on Aug. 24) and 6,900 days (on Dec. 2). For more information, see our article about our 2020 campaign. Please take photos with the posters and send them to us. Spanish readers can also find Spanish posters here, courtesy of the World Can't Wait. Check out previous photos here, and also check out our Gitmo Clock initiative, which counts, in real time, how long Guantánamo has been open, and which is the basis of the poster campaign.

Our co-founder Andy Worthington says, "Here I am marking 6,600 days of Guantánamo's existence (on Feb. 5, 2020), with theatre students at the BRIT School for the performing arts in south east London after a performance of their powerful and moving devised theatre piece, 'Guantánamo', which was drawn largely from the testimony of prisoners and their families. I had visited the school several months before, at the request of their tutor, Will Rennison, to brief them about Guantánamo, and had found them to be the most politically engaged group of people I'd had the pleasure of engaging with, so it was unsurprising that their performance was so inspiring, but it provides hope for a better world when young people are so engaged with the injustices of the world, and so determined to confront them."

On Feb. 5, 2020, marking 6,600 days of Guantánamo's existence, Julisa Wescott, in Sarasota, Florida says, "I am proudly supporting the Close Guantánamo campaign by holding a poster as a reminder that the unjust prison has now been open for 6,600 days. Close Guantánamo NOW in the name of humanity and in the name of justice! Don’t wait any longer to see justice - Close Guantánamo immediately. The corruption of the government system must cease and now is the time. STOP violating human rights and Close Guantánamo so that this will be a safer world to live in."

On Feb. 5, 2020, marking 6,600 days of Guantánamo's existence, Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland says, "President Trump, every day that goes by with Guantánamo Bay prison open is a continuing stain on America's character and name, and a continuing source of harm to the men there whose only crime was being picked up by a bounty hunter. Moslem terrorists out to recruit suicide bombers use it as proof that we do not mean what we say about human rights in our Declaration of Independence or Constitution. It harms everyone associated with it in any way. Close it now, for the good of the whole world."

Journalist and publisher Alan Dearling calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,600th day of operations, on Feb. 5, 2020.

Natalia Rivera Scott and her mum Christina in Mexico City hold up Spanish posters calling on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,600th day of operations, on Feb. 5, 2020. Check out the Spanish posters here.

Ed Charles in Los Angeles, who runs the Spanish version of the website of the World Can't Wait campaigning group, holds up a Spanish poster he created, calling on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,600th day of operations, on Feb. 5, 2020. Check out the Spanish posters here.

On Feb. 5, 2020, marking 6,600 days of Guantánamo's existence, Bob Kolkebeck in Park Forest, Illinois calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay.

Our co-founder Andy Worthington says, "What a great privilege last night (Feb. 4) to visit the BRIT School for the performing arts in south east London to watch theatre students perform ‘Guantánamo’, a wonderfully powerful and inspiring devised piece drawing primarily on the testimony of Guantánamo prisoners and their families. I had been privileged to visit the BRIT school several months ago to brief the students about Guantánamo, and I found them to be the most politically engaged group I had ever spoken to, so it didn’t surprise me that their performance last night was so throughly engaging, and, at times, extremely moving, and I was particularly impressed by how they combined delivering the prisoners’ and families’ testimony with admirably choreographed physical theatre." This photo is from the very start of the performance, and shows a narrator standing on a box on which the production team projected the Gitmo Clock, which was just hours away from reaching 6,600 days, today’s bleak milestone in Guantánamo’s achingly long, cruel and unjust history.

January 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and, from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, History Professors M. Safa Saraçoğlu and William Hudon sent messages of solidarity, with Prof. Saraçoğlu stating that, to mark the occasion, "many of us are demanding the closure of all internment camps including Guantánamo." In addition Prof. Hudon said, "I call on President Trump to close Guantánamo; act for the good in defense of human rights, now!" Both men were holding up posters marking 6,575 days of the prison’s existence, which was on Jan. 11; on Jan. 27, the prison had been open for 6,591 days.

On January 23, the prison at Guantánamo Bay had been open for 6,587 days, and, to mark the occasion, theatre students at the BRIT School for the performing arts in south east London, on the first night of their performance of 'Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom', the 2004 play by Gillian Slovo and Victoria Brittain, projected onstage the Gitmo Clock, our initiative that counts in real time how long the prison has been open. The first photo was taken before the performance began, and the second, featuring the whole cast, was taken at the end of the night. We’d like to thank the students — and their tutor — for their involvement. Our co-founder Andy Worthington was invited several months ago to brief the students on Guantánamo, and found them to be the most engaged audience he has ever encountered, a vivid example of the increasing politicization of today’s teenagers.

January 11, 2020 was the 18th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay; or, to put it another way, the 6,575th day of its disgraceful existence, and former prisoner Shaker Aamer was photographed by our co-founder Andy Worthington with a poster marking the occasion, and calling on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

Julisa Wescott, from Sarasota, Florida, says, "I am proudly supporting the Close Guantánamo Campaign by giving an assertive reminder that the shameful and unjustified prison has been open for 6,575 days while violating the human rights of the men detained there and urging it to be closed immediately. Truth: Closing Guantánamo Bay Prison Camp IS undoubtedly the intelligent and safe action to take. Let’s see an end to terror and injustice, an end to oppression, and let’s see a new beginning with truth and better goals gained by closing Guantánamo prison. Factually, only incompetent decisions would have allowed a place like Guantánamo Bay Prison to exist. In the name of justice — Close Guantánamo NOW and forever!!!!"

Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland says, "Our Guantánamo Bay prison is not just a stain on our country. Terrorists point to it as an example of U.S. failure to adhere to our own standards, and of prejudice against Islam, when they look for Muslims willing to attack our country and our people. Make us safe by closing it now, President Trump."

On January 11, 2020, the 18th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, Natalia Rivera Scott and her friend Renata, in Mexico City, call on Donald Trump to close the prison.

On January 11, 2020, the 18th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, the Close Guantánamo campaign's co-founder Andy Worthington calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay. See Andy's report on the rally outside the White House here.

On January 11, 2020, the 18th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, Debra Sweet, the national director of the campaigning group the World Can't Wait, calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay.

Ann Wright, peace campaigner and former U.S. Army Colonel and State Department official, who resigned in protest at the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003, calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay at the annual rally outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020.

James Yee, former military chaplain at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, who was wrongly imprisoned and accused of spying, calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay at the annual rally outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020. After his release, Yee wrote a book about his ordeal, "For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire."

Beth Velkey Brockman of Witness Against Torture calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay at the annual rally outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020.

Chicago-based artist Amber Ginsburg calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay at the rally outside the White House on Jan. 11. 2020. With Aaron Hughes, Ginsburg created The Tea Project, an installation involving 779 porcelain cast Styrofoam cups, one for each of the men held by the US military at Guantánamo since the prison first opened in January 2002.

Amy Phillips, a long-time supporter of Close Guantánamo, calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay at the rally outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020.

Valerie Lucznikowska of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay at the rally outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020.

Daphne Eviatar of Amnesty International USA calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay at the rally outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020.

Helen Schietinger of Witness Against Torture calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay at the annual rally outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020.

Art Laffin of Witness Against Torture calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay as part of the annual rally outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020.

Julie Alley and friend - both with Witness Against Torture - call on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay as part of the annual rally outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020.

Human rights activist Marie Meza calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay on Jan. 11, 2020, the 18th anniversary of the opening of the prison, at an action outside a Trump hotel following the annual rally outside the White House.

Richard Sroczynski of Witness Against Torture calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay on Jan. 11, 2020, the 18th anniversary of the opening of the prison, at an action outside a Trump hotel following the annual rally outside the White House.

Peace activist Leah Brown calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay on Jan. 11, 2020, the 18th anniversary of the opening of the prison, at an action outside a Trump hotel following the annual rally outside the White House.

New York-based blogger The Talking Dog calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay on Jan. 11, 2020, the 18th anniversary of the opening of the prison, after the annual rally outside the White House.