Sunday, August 25, 2013
200 Days of Guantánamo Hunger Strike Twitter Storm Package: 6pm BST today!
#GTMO200 Twitter storm Package!
ATTENTION!!!!!** DO NOT BEGIN TWEETING UNTIL 13:00 EST/ 12:00 CST/ 18:00 BST/ 19:00 CET **
Raise awareness through social media that the current Guantanamo Bay hunger strike has now reached the 200-day mark. The mainstream media has overlooked the seriousness of the issue and the US government has responded with increased violence and repression of prisoners held without charge and trial for almost 12 years.
Date & Time: Sunday, 25 August: 13:00 EST/ 12:00 CST/ 18:00 BST/ 19:00 CET
Length: 1 hour
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#GTMO200 @BarackObama close Guantanamo or give back your Nobel peace prize
#GTMO200 Guantanamo is a crime against humanity
#GTMO200 200 days of #GitmoHungerStrike – how has it come to this?
#GTMO200 @barackobama show us a change we can believe in - shut down Guantanamo, make good on your promises
#GTMO200 @David_Cameron @FCOHumanRights why is
held without charge or trial at #Guantanamo after
almost 12 years?
#GTMO200 having lunch with @BarackObama at #Guantanamo these days ain't no picnic #closegitmo pic.twitter.com/Mk6z4PKlG5” #London
#GTMO200 "‘US support for human rights merely a show’ – relatives of Yemeni Gitmo detainee" http://rt.com/news/gitmo-detainee-yemen-relatives-244/ #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 Adnan Latif deceased hunger striker died due to "Widespread Breakdown of Safeguards at Gitmo" http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2013/07/20137324426228887.html
#GTMO200 hunger strikes can lead to long-term health problems, organ failure and fatalities #GitmoHungerStrike #CAHungerStrike
#GTMO200 “Guards are sexually assaulting me, says the last Briton in Guantanamo Bay” #ShakerAamer http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/guards-are-sexually-assaulting-me-says-the-last-briton-in-guantanamo-bay-8740739.html
#GTMO200 ‘#Gitmo is Killing Me’ #SamirMoqbel http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/opinion/hunger-striking-at-guantanamo-bay.html?_r=0 #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 ‘I will not eat until they restore my dignity.’ #SamirMoqbel http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/opinion/hunger-striking-at-guantanamo-bay.html?_r=0
#GTMO200 ‘I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.’ #SamirMoqbel #Gitmo http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/opinion/hunger-striking-at-guantanamo-bay.html?_r=0
#GTMO200 ‘I can’t describe how painful it is to be force-fed this way.’ #SamirMoqbel #GitmoHungerStrike http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/opinion/hunger-striking-at-guantanamo-bay.html?_r=0
#GTMO200 ‘I would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone.’ #SamirMoqbel #GitmoHungerStrike http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/opinion/hunger-striking-at-guantanamo-bay.html?_r=0
#GTMO200 'I hope that because of the pain we are suffering,the eyes of the world will once again look to Guantánamo before it is too late.'
#GTMO200 ‘Death is Preferable to Life at Obama’s Guantanamo’ http://www.marjoriecohn.com/2013/05/death-is-preferable-to-life-at-obamas.html #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 hunger strikes can kill: 8 of 9 deaths of prisoners at
previous hunger strikers,died in "suspicious circumstances"
#GTMO200 @BarackObama ‘I don't want these individuals to die’… so I will force feed them instead #GitmoHungerStrike #CAHungerStrike
#GTMO200 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-23583123 Grandmother's hunger strike for Guantanamo Bay's #ShakerAamer @widowsforpeace
#GTMO200 'I am meant to sleep on concrete, and when I say alone, I mean alone in a very lonely world'
#GTMO200 ‘When you’ve not eaten for two months or more, having any food sit around in the cell is pure torture’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319550/Guantanamo-Bay-British-inmate-Shaker-Aamer-describes-torture-humiliation.html
#GTMO200 #ShakerAamer ‘I often quote 1984 by George Orwell ‘Torture is for torture, the System is for the System.’’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319550/Guantanamo-Bay-British-inmate-Shaker-Aamer-describes-torture-humiliation.html
#GTMO200 ‘I do sometimes worry that I am going to die in here.’ #ShakerAamer http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319550/Guantanamo-Bay-British-inmate-Shaker-Aamer-describes-torture-humiliation.html
#GTMO200 Gitmo hunger striker: 'What more can they do to me?' http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/26/world/europe/uk-guantanamo-hunger-shaker-aamer #ShakerAamer
#GTMO200 PJ Harvey Releases New Track 'Shaker Aamer' for Guantanamo Detainee http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/pj-harvey-releases-new-track-shaker-aamer-for-guantanamo-detainee-20130804 #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 PJ Harvey’s Harrowing & Brilliant Protest Song in Support of Guantanamo Prisoner Shaker Aamer http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/08/07/pj-harveys-harrowing-brilliant-protest-song-in-support-of-shaker-aamer/
#GTMO200 @FrankieBoyle goes on hunger strike to support #ShakerAamer - the last British detainee in Guantánamo Bay http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/frankie-boyle-goes-on-hunger-strike-to-support-shaker-aamer--the-last-british-detainee-in-guantnamo-bay-8720221.html
#GTMO200 @FrankieBoyle hunger strike in support of #ShakerAamer http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23389757 #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 Judge: Only @BarackObama has the power to end the force feeding at #Guantanamo #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 #ThankManning for the#Guantanamo Files www.wikileaks.org/gitmo
#GTMO200 #NabilHadjarab, un triste anniversaire: a birthday while on hunger strike http://www.parismatch.com/Actu/International/Nabil-Hadjarab-un-triste-anniversaire-522209
#GTMO200 Guantánamo Bay: the US was dead wrong, but no one can admit it #JohnGrisham http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/12/john-grisham-guantanamo-bay-us-wrong #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 Obama a failli ; la France, elle, faillit : le cas de #NabilHadjarab http://www.newsring.fr/monde/250-fermer-guantanamo-obama-a-t-il-failli/48689-obama-a-failli-la-france-elle-failli-le-cas-de-nabil-hadjarab
#GTMO200 @BarackObama this is a hunger strike, not Weightwatchers; it’s not about the numbers, it’s the years of indefinite detention & torture
#GTMO200 don’t forget the prisoners on hunger strike at #Guantanamo and in #California #GitmoHungerStrike #CAHungerStrike
#GTMO200 more than half of remaining 166 #Guantanamo prisoners cleared for release – why not let them go home?
#GTMO200 in almost 12 years of #Guantanamo, only a handful of charges and even less convictions and even those can be appealed
#GTMO200 @BarackObama you know #Guantanamo is not working, so why not close it down?
#GTMO200 200 Days of Shame http://onesmallwindow.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/100-days-of-shame/
#GTMO200 This little girl’s father is also on hunger strike in Iraq http://onesmallwindow.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/starved-of-justice-in-iraq-american-prisoner-on-hunger-strike/
#GTMO200 the system ain’t work and the hunger strike has now spread to #California #GitmoHungerStrike #CAHungerStrike
#GTMO200 @BarackObama do you even know what the #GitmoHungerStrikers’ demands are?
#GTMO200 They are artists of torture, They are artists of pain and fatigue, They are artists of insults and humiliation - #Adnan Latif 1/3
#GTMO200 Where is the world to save us from torture? Where is the world to save us from the fire and sadness? - #AdnanLatif 2/3
#GTMO200 Where is the world to save the hunger strikers? - #AdnanLatif 3/3
#GTMO200 #AdnanLatif died at #Guantanamo September 2012, former hunger striker http://witnesstorture.org/survivors/adnan-farhan-abdul-latif/
#GTMO200 Shock video ft. Mos Def re-enacts gruesome Gitmo-style force-feeding http://rt.com/news/gitmo-forced-feeding-video-846/ @mosdefofficial
#GTMO200 Mos Def Force-Fed Gitmo Detainee Style http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK6syRI7R20 #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) force-fed under standard Guantánamo Bay procedure – video http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/jul/08/mos-def-force-fed-guantanamo-bay-video
#GTMO200 How we marked 100 days of the #GitmoHungerStrike http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_5YQv9KjB4
#GTMO200 100 days ago…outside US Embassy #London http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll2Fi36bIz4
#GTMO200 @chunkymark on the #GitmoHungerStrike http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhuqkjJ4FcI
#GTMO200 Still Starving for Justice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AONNMwej8Yk #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 How we marked 3 months of the #GitmoHungerStrike…now day 200!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW_vq20W-k4
#GTMO200 speaking on day 100 of #GitmoHungerStrike this little girl’s father is still on hunger strike in Iraq http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtOpPRm9CKU
#GTMO200 And what about the prisoners at #Bagram @BarackObama?
#GTMO200 The hunger strike song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKFqCI6bIs0 #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 @BarackObama end the hunger strike & #closegitmo
#GTMO200 that’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into @BarackObama #GitmoHungerStrike #CAHungerStrike
#GTMO200 force feeding is torture, says the UN http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/02/guantanamo-bay-force-feeding-inhuman-un
#GTMO200 almost 12 years without charge or trial & indefinite detention? This is a hostage crisis
#GTMO200 @BarackObama the prisoners at #Guantanamo who you hold without charge or trial or evidence have families too
#GTMO200 Guantánamo Bay 'is a two-finger salute to the rest of the world' http://wp.me/p2xnH0-3S #GitmoHungerStrike
#GTMO200 How we marked 100 days of the #GitmoHungerStrike in the UK: http://londonguantanamocampaign.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/britains-got-compassion-round-up-of.html
#GTMO200 Revised Guantanamo force-feed policy exposed http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2013/05/201358152317954140.html #GitmoHungerStrike
Why this Twitter storm?
Saturday 25 August marks day 200 of the current hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay. A protest that started in February 2013 against worsening conditions of detention and perpetual indefinite detention without charge or trial that has already lasted almost 12 years for almost all the prisoners, the response was first denial, followed by repression and torture, through the use of solitary confinement, the removal of personal items from cells, beatings, physical searches tantamount to rape, the use of plastic bullets, force feeding by nasal tube and other forms of disproportionate pressure against debilitated prisoners.
While the number of prisoners reported to be on hunger strike more than six months later has fallen to around 40, with several dozen being force fed, this does not mean that the hunger strike is any closer to ending. Promises made by President Obama to look into the issue and the detention of prisoners again have yet to produce any concrete results three months later. Although he recently appointed an official within the State Department to look into the release of prisoners, he had fired the person he had previously chosen to do this job in 2009 a week before this year’s hunger strike started.
Many people are still unaware of this hunger strike and the mainstream media has played down its importance, focusing mainly on the process of force feeding and the use of force and less on the reasons for the hunger strike and the prisoners’ legitimate demand to know why they are still held there after almost 12 years without any charges against them or prospects of release. Hunger strikes can be fatal and cause long-term serious health problems.
Please join us to raise awareness and show solidarity with the Guantánamo hunger strikers. Follow us on Twitter @shutguantanamo