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Guantanamo Demonstration

Protesters are demanding Guantanamo Bay's closure on its 16th anniversary


Updated January 11, 2018 11:27 AM EST

Protesters on Thursday will gather in Washington, D.C. to demand the closure of detention center at the U.S. naval base in Guatanamo Bay, Cuba, according to the human rights organization Amnesty International USA.

Amnesty International USA on Thursday said the demonstrations will also call for an end to America's indefinite detention of detainees on the 16th anniversary of the controversial facility's opening.

Protesters will additionally reject the use of torture by the U.S. government, and Thursday's event will include other human rights organizations like the Center for Constitutional Rights and Witness Against Torture.

The prison at Guantanamo is used to hold suspected terrorists, and The Associated Press reported last month that the facility holds 41 detainees.

Former President Barack Obama's administration drastically reduced the number of detainees from 242 to 41, but Congress blocked him closing the facility entirely.

President Trump said during his 2016 election campaign that he intended to leave the detention center open, and he also floated the possibility of increasing the number of detainees there.

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