Protesters in DC call on Obama to close Guantanamo prison before leaving

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Police have arrested over a dozen activists in Washington, DC protesting to mark the 15th anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  

A coalition of groups of protesters and activists marched from the Supreme Court to the Senate on Wednesday, demanding that President Barack Obama close the prison before leaving the White House on January 20.

The protesters, who were dressed in Guantanamo-style prison suits, demanded an end to the indefinite detention of about 60 men who are still behind bars at the prison.  

US President Barack Obama answers questions in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 6, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

“We recognize that there have been many obstacles put in [Obama’s] way,” said Elizabeth Beavers, senior campaigner for Amnesty International, one organization participating in the Close Guantanamo Bay Coalition. “[the Republican-dominated Congress has been incredibly…

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