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As promised in our report, here is the film of the last night of tour of “Two Sides – One Story: Guantanemo from both sides of the wire“:
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100_7994On Wednesday 4th February, the Two Sides One Story tour held it’s final night in Cardiff’s Student Union, with nearly 1000 people in attendance (and more turned away) it was by far and away the largest political meeting in Cardiff for some time. Those who gathered to hear the two former detainees and former guard from the world’s most notorious prison were surely bracing themselves for tales of brutality, suffering and depression. Indeed all these subjects were Read the rest of this entry »

cageprisoners1With the forcing of the closure of detention facility Guantanamo Bay within a year by the Obama administration, the Two Sides One Story tour currently travelling across the UK (reports from Sheffield, Leeds, and London), has been in the media. While Guantanamo being closed down is a very good thing, there are other similar facilities. As former detainee Moazzam Begg points out:

I was held at Bagram detention facility before Guantanamo. I witnessed some terrible things there. If that place is closed too, we’re doing well. If it isn’t, we’ll see more of the same.

In the same way, though we give our total support to initiatives like the Campaign to Close Campsfield, simply closing this single detention centre by itself would be a hollow victory. We wish to see the end of the practice of detention as a means of social control, but we are Read the rest of this entry »

Guantanamo Bay is home to perhaps the most controversial, certainly the most famous, detention centre in the world today. Since it’s opening in January 2002 it has been condemned for unlawful detention, abuse and torture, to mark this seven year anniversary Cageprisoners are conducting a national tour bringing together former guards and detainees for the first time. On Wednesday 4th February, the tour comes to The Great Hall, Students Union, Park Place, Cardiff, starting at 7pm. No Borders South Wales will be co-sponsoring this event with Cardiff Stop the War Coalition, Cardiff STAR (Student Action for Refugees), Cardiff University Islamic Society, and others. Admission will be free and all are welcome.

Chris Arendt, a former guard at the base has agreed to speak about Read the rest of this entry »

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