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62 Arrested at White House Protest

Wearing orange jumpsuits and black hoods, anti-torture protesters were arrested front of the White House by D.C. police.

On Thursday, April 30th, 62 members of Witness Against Torture were arrested at the gates of the White House demanding that the Obama administration support a criminal inquiry into torture under the Bush administration and release innocent detainees still held at Guantanamo. Facing the White House, each of the arrestees wore the name of a Guantanamo inmate who had been cleared for release or who had died at the prison. A giant banner they carried read "Justice Delayed is Justice Denied."

"We sent a powerful message to the Obama administration and beyond," said Witness Against Torture's Matthew Daloisio, "that the rule of law can be restored only if the law is enforced.  President Obama cannot deny indefinitely the mounting evidence of torture under Bush, and must move to hold those who committed, ordered, and justified torture to account."

"We came to Obama's door," said arrestee Carmen Trotta "to represent the humanity and need for justice of those still held at Guantanamo, many of whom are innocent of allegations of terrorism.  The crime of indefinite detention must end now. True change means breaking with the detention policies of the Bush administration."

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