Follow RT’s day-by-day timeline of the Gitmo hunger strike.The three day campaign, which kicks off on Friday, is intended to “Raise Awareness in social media of the human rights violations going on at Guantanamo, the indefinite detention of prisoners, many of whom have been cleared for release years ago.” In a statement released earlier this month, Anonymous expressed their solidarity with the hunger strikers, vowing they would “shut down Guantanamo.” They have instructed supporters of their global action to use the tag #GTMO17 when the countdown clock strikes zero. As a part of the twitterstorm, the group has sent out a series of lines to be re-tweeted which highlight reported abuses at the camp.”’The United States is slowly killing men in a prison that should never have existed.’ #GTMO17” “’They’re not going to be brutalized into submission, and I think the net result will be some of them will die.’ #GTMO17” “’When that tube goes up your nose, your eyes begin to water, as it passes through the back of your skull…’ #GTMO17”“’86 detainees have been cleared for release or transfer, but efforts to send them home have stalled, making them more desperate.’ #GTMO17” The group has characterized the detention facility as a concentration camp, casting aspersions on a series of alleged human right’s abuses ranging from force-feeding to the practice of compulsory cavity searches for detainees prior to any meeting with their lawyers. It has further lambasted US President Barack Obama for wavering on his 2009 promise to shut down the camp, which the collective described as “an ongoing war crime.” The Anonymous website also posted phone numbers for the White House, the United States Southern Command and the Department of Defense, urging supporters to ‘phonebomb’ officials with calls about the camp. Inmates at Guantanamo initiated the hunger strike in early February over alleged mistreatments, including the mishandling of their Korans. Out of the camp’s 166 detainees, 102 are currently taking part in the hunger strike. Thirty of the prisoners are being force-fed, a practice which the UN human rights office condemned as “torture” and a breach of international law, and three have been sent to the detainee hospital for observation. The swelling ranks of those demanding the prison’s closure has among its ranks not only internet activists, but those who have inside knowledge of the camp and its operations. Colonel Morris Davis, the former Chief Prosecutor for the terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay, has become a prominent advocate for the camp’s closure.“It’s been an embarrassment to the country, it’s drained our credibility, it’s wasted our money and it’s time for it to close.” …
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In Russia a traditionally festive May Day dates from Soviet times. However the number of people expected to turn out for workers’ solidarity was only a fraction of the millions who marched back in the days of the USSR.
One group of people danced in a Moscow street as a group of musicians played accordions.
“I hope that, God willing, I’ll be able to keep working and that they won’t kick me out of the factory because I’m too old,” joked a woman who gave her name as Stepanida. “I wish for peace and quiet in our country and across the world.”
Many Russians take advantage of two public holidays in quick succession in early May to take time off work, although fewer people than usual are thought to have gone away this year.
May Day brought tens of thousands onto the streets in Moscow. Over the holiday season thousands of events are being organised in the Russian capital.
“The atmosphere is excellent. It’s a holiday for us, the beginning of something new, bright and joyful,” said one woman, attending a demonstration with her young son.
Trade unions marched through Moscow’s main streets, alongside members of the ruling United Russia party and the All-Russian National Front.
One union leader said the overriding appeal was for decent work, and a decent salary and pension.
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On April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, three people were killed when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. Over 144 were wounded. Doctors performed at least ten amputations on those injured.The same day, in the cities of Baghdad, Fallujah and Kirkuk in Iraq, there were “serial blasts.” Fourteen car bombs and three roadside bombs went off. Thirty-three people were killed and over 160 were wounded.The two boys understand far too well what it is like in the immediate aftermath of a terror attack. In their lives, there has been numerous acts of violence as a result of terrorism and US forces waging war and occupation.The boys not only stand in solidarity with the victims of the Boston explosions, but they also empathize because this is what they’ve experienced. Part of this message is being shared with Americans because they want them to know they understand the pain Americans are going through.The Boston explosions received far greater attention than the attacks in Iraq yesterday. They continue to receive much more attention than the car bombs that went off in Iraq today.Continue Reading… …
The New York City Light Brigade illuminated a Brooklyn building with messages of love, solidarity and hope Monday night in a show of support for Boston and all those touched by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.Continue Reading… …