Desperate times call for desperate measures. After more than three months of going on a hunger strike and asking for help, one of the starving prisoners at the military detention facility, Guantanamo Bay has decided to take it to social media.
During February this year, several inmates at Gitmo went on a hunger strike to protest against their detention. What’s worse is that 86 out of 166 prisoners had been guaranteed freedom by the authorities but have still have been held in captivity.
In April, almost after two months the beginning of the protest, a world renowned non-profit organization ‘Reprieve’ in U.K. posted a statement of a British prisoner Shaker Aamer who revealed the worsening situation of the detainees at Gitmo. Reprieve has also file an e-petition calling for the return of Aamer to his country.
On April 11, Shaker Aamer spoke with his lawyer Clive Stafford Smith and said, “They are killing us, so it is hardto keep calm…in reality I am dying inside.”
“I have bruises on my legs, knee, my arms where they carry me. They took everything…even my kids’ drawings. They ripped them off the wall. They step on your fingers, your hands, they scratch you…Yesterday they tied me on the board and they threw me in a cell because the medical people were busy.”
Now, Amer has requested through a Reprieve lawyer, Cori Crider, to call US Embassy to demand action on Guantanamo Bay. This request was tweeted by Clive Stafford Smith yesterday and he has termed it as ‘Shaker amer’s Twitter Campaign.’ Smith’s post has been retweeted 232 times as of this writing:
Unclassified (please retweet): Shaker Aamer would like everyone to call US Embassy 020 7499-9000 to demand action on Guantanamo Bay— Clive Stafford Smith (@CliveSSmith) May 20, 2013
The idea is to spread and share the message across a large number of people and this can be easily achieved through social media platforms like Twitter. People have already started responding and Smith even posted a tweet thanking all those who are participating in the campaign.
Thanks to those calling the US Embassy 02074999000 for Shaker; Obama has to speak on it this week, so he needs to know the world is watching— Clive Stafford Smith (@CliveSSmith) May 20, 2013
We hope the Obama administration not only retweets the request, but also does something concrete to solve the Gitmo issue. ASAP.