Marchers break bread at liturgy outside Guantanamo gate
Published by Witness Against Torture. Photo by Scott Langley.
This post is an update on two sets of people who have stretched the boundaries of activism for peace -- people whose bravery has to be a challenge to all of us arm chair critics.
In Cuba, outside the U.S. base at Guantanamo: Twenty two mostly Christian activists continue a water-only fast at a Cuban military checkpoint outside the base today. The Witness Against Torture website explains:
NewsDay reports that "Stacey Byington, a civilian spokeswoman for U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, told The Associated Press in an e-mail message that access to the base is limited to those with official or authorized business."
The marchers have not indicated how long they will remain outside the gates, bringing further attention to this U.S. prison in which nearly 500 men are held outside the reach of any internationally recognized legal procedures. Detainees released from Guantanamo have repeatedly claimed they were tortured. Thirty-two prisoners are on hunger strike to protest what they say is cruel and inhumane treatment. Twenty-five of those prisoners are being fed through tubes.
In Iraq: nothing has been heard for several days from the kidnappers of the four members of the Christian Peacemaker Team. The Toronto Globe and Mail reports somewhat morbidly:
The article goes on to point out that the kidnappers have gone out of their way to show the Canadian members of the foursome with free hands and able to speak, while the U.S. and British men are chained in orange jumpsuits.
In Canada:The Canadian press has been much more diligent in following this story than U.S. media. In particular, it has recounted the impression Jim Loney made on the First Nation communities in Kenora, Ontario:
Loney's hometown paper from Sault Ste. Marie published a friend's Advent meditation on the kidnapping: