On Friday, January 11, about twenty people gathered at Park Street in Boston to protest Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The day marked the 13th anniversary of the opening of the detention facility, known for its torture and barbaric treatment of its prisoners.
As of January 2015 a total of 127 prisoners still occupy the facility for suspected terrorist activity. Fifty-nine men have been cleared for release, however many believe the facility should not exist at all. Protestors in Boston and across the nation all have the same goal in mind: to have the prisoners released and the facility shut down.
Many of the protestors at Park Street in Boston, including Nancy Murry the former Director of Education at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, spoke about the torture of prisoners as well as reading some of the prisoner’s statements and poetry. Nancy Murry stated that “it is not a surprise that a majority of Americans think that torture works,” but she wonders if the citizens who say we should not close Guantanamo would change their mind if they read the detailed stories of the prisoner’s experiences in the detention facility.