Terence Bunch

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A campaigner dressed in orange overalls holds the text of a speech in her hand. The text reads that "No injustice can last for ever if people of courage and good conscience are prepared to stand and fight". Downing Street, London. 29th April 2010. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Free Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay. Downing Street, London. 24th April 2010.

By Published Last Edited 2010-04-24 00:00:00

Campaigners gather outside Downing Street to bring attention to the case of Shaker Aamer, a detainee who is the last British citizen to remain in incarceration at the notorious US military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mr Aamer, aka Shaker Abdur-Raheem Aamer, has been incarcerated at the facility for the last eight years and has yet to be formally charged with any offence.

In a Summary of Evidence memo prepared by the US military for a "Combatant Status Review Tribunal" (CSRT) Mr Aamer has been accused of a range of offences from travelling internationally on false passports, having travelled to Afghanistan, being in possession of mortar and small arms right through to having taken part in the Bosnia-Serb war, being present at Bora Bora and meeting with, and receiving aid from, Osama Bin Laden and having membership of Al Qaida.

The summary of evidence curiously falls short of him actually being present on the planes that were flown into the World Trade Centre in New York circa September 2001. To date, the US military have failed to provide evidence that any of these charges constitute anything more than wild speculation and hearsay.

Mr Aamer was also present at the camp when three detainees died after being interrogated by security service personnel, a number of which are suspected of membership of the British MI5, a domestic wing of the British Security and Intelligence Services (SIS).

The British Government have failed to act to ensure Mr Aamer is returned to the UK and, campaigners believe, are attempting to cover-up the role that the British MI5 have played in the deaths of detainees at the facility.

Downing Street, London. 24th April 2010.

Campaigners gather outside Downing Street to bring attention to Mr Aamers plight and the fact he remains in incarceration at the Guantanamo Bay US Military detention facility in Cuba. Mr Aamer has been detained at the facility for over eight years despite US Military gaol-keepers being unable to present any evidence that he has been engaged in any wrongdoing.

Campaigners gather outside Downing Street to bring attention to Mr Aamers plight and the fact he remains in incarceration at the Guantanamo Bay US Military detention facility in Cuba. Mr Aamer has been detained at the facility for over eight years despite US Military gaol-keepers being unable to present any evidence that he has been engaged in any wrongdoing.

The campaigners are joined by British MPs who talk to passing members of the public, make speeches and later hand in a demand to Downing Street that the British Government bring to an end their policy of procrastination over the case of Mr Aamer and allow the nation as a whole the opportunity to reliably assess the role that British Security Services personnel have played in the interrogation of British citizens abroad.

The campaigners are joined by British MPs who talk to passing members of the public, make speeches and later hand in a demand to Downing Street that the British Government bring to an end their policy of procrastination over the case of Mr Aamer and allow the nation as a whole the opportunity to reliably assess the role that British Security Services personnel have played in the interrogation of British citizens abroad.

A copy of a letter written by the children of Mr Aamer, and addressed to the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, describes what it is like being rendered fatherless by the so-called War on Terror. The letter sets out how the children deal with not having a father to pick them up from school, not having a father to undertake ordinary chores around the house and not having a father at home to support their mother, herself now disengaged through depression and long bouts of withdrawal from the world around her.

A copy of a letter written by the children of Mr Aamer, and addressed to the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, describes what it is like being rendered fatherless by the so-called War on Terror. The letter sets out how the children deal with not having a father to pick them up from school, not having a father to undertake ordinary chores around the house and not having a father at home to support their mother, herself now disengaged through depression and long bouts of withdrawal from the world around her.

The campaigners wear orange overalls common at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay serving as universal and international currency for the worlds population when encouraged to understand the risks the United States is prepared to take when dealing with its apparent perceived enemies.

The campaigners wear orange overalls common at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay serving as universal and international currency for the worlds population when encouraged to understand the risks the United States is prepared to take when dealing with its apparent perceived enemies.

Despite the orange policy of the United States and despite the psychological nature of this tactic, campaigners find it easy to engage the public by asking them to sign documents demanding the release of Mr Aamer from US Military extra-judicial detention.

Despite the orange policy of the United States and despite the psychological nature of this tactic, campaigners find it easy to engage the public by asking them to sign documents demanding the release of Mr Aamer from US Military extra-judicial detention.

Another passer-by signs a petition to demand Mr Aamer be released from US Military detention. Downing Street, London, UK.

Another passer-by signs a petition to demand Mr Aamer be released from US Military detention. Downing Street, London, UK.

The afternoon draws on.

The afternoon draws on.

Later in the afternoon, the campaigners gather outside Downing Street to enter in order to hand in the petition to the British Government.

Later in the afternoon, the campaigners gather outside Downing Street to enter in order to hand in the petition to the British Government.