Detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay launched a hunger strike today marking the prison's tenth anniversary, inspired in part by U.S. activists who have called for a national day of action “They'll be staging a series of peaceful protests that will involve sit-ins with signs and banners in the part of the prison that has communal areas as well as hunger strikes,” says Ramzi Kassem, counsel to a number of Guantánamo prisoners. He notes his clients pay “particularly close attention to any gestures of protest in the United States ... and they're always very moved by the fact that Americans stand in solidarity with what they're going through and what their families are experiencing.” On Wednesday, a major demonstration is planned in Washington, D.C., where organizers say they will form a human chain stretching from the White House to the Capitol, with participants wearing orange jumpsuits to represent the prisoners at Guantánamo and at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan who are still held without charge or trial.

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