January 21st, 2010
03:12 PM ET
5 years ago

Dozens of Guantanamo Bay protesters arrested at U.S. Capitol

More than three dozen people were arrested in and around the U.S. Capitol Building Thursday as they protested the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.
More than three dozen people were arrested in and around the U.S. Capitol Building Thursday as they protested the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.

Washington (CNN) - Police arrested more than a dozen people inside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday and more than two dozen outside it as they protested the detention of terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The protest came the day before the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's pledge to close the detention facility.

The protesters, who said they are part of a group called Witness Against Torture, said they are upset Obama has not closed the prison despite his executive order to do so by Friday.

U.S. Capitol Police arrested 14 people inside the Capitol and another 28 just outside on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, according to spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.

The protesters said they started their protest earlier in the day at the White House and marched to the Supreme Court before going to the Capitol.

"We need to bring it out of the shadows and into the light. I think a lot of people were under the impression that Guantanamo Bay detention center is already in the process of being closed, and it's not going to be closed tomorrow and these people are continuing to suffer," said protester Justin Norman.

Norman said most of the protesters came to the Capitol with the intention of being arrested to draw attention to the prisoners at Guantanamo.

Obama has said he intends to close to prison but the government is still trying to determine what to do with the remaining detainees.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    "Obama has said he intends to close to prison but the government is still trying to determine what to do with the remaining detainees."

    Um, execute them?

    You know, back with this country knew how to fight wars and wasn't afraid of hurting the enemy's feelings, anyone not wearing a uniform who attacked our troops was SHOT as a spy.

    If our enemy doesn't adhere to the Geneva Conventions, neither should we when we encounter them on the battlefield.

    January 21, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. in AK

    i'm not a dummicrat, but obama, these activists are right, your so full of it!!!

    January 21, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Right Leaning Independent

    Wacko left wingers on display!!

    January 21, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. chris l

    funny how the tea party protesters who were comprised of hundreds of thousands of everyday true Americans had no arrests, but like most liberal protests, this one had dozens arrested. Anti American Radical People like these protesters should be thrown into Gitmo. At least they could share a cell with the animals they care about so much. I cannot wait until real Americans finally throw the whole liberal philosophy back into the cesspool it came from and take the country back.

    January 21, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |