More than 100 protestors gathered outside makeshift cages across the street from the U.S. Consulate on Saturday, January 27. It was one of a number of worldwide rallies organized by Amnesty International calling for the closing of the U.S.'s torture factory at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Hands shackled, eight "terrorist suspects" in bright orange jumpsuits with gags in their mouths solemnly circled the faux Guantnamo set-up.
Foreign Affairs spokesperson Alain Cacchione says Canada is steering clear of the issue, calling the ongoing controversy "a U.S. matter."
But he adds that "it is [important] to ensure that persons who are a danger to international peace and security not be given the opportunity to resume a direct part in hostilities."
Reports of human rights abuses, including beatings, abound, says Amnesty International Toronto organizer Michael Craig , and they will in all likelihood continue. The U.S. Navy recently invested $30 million to build a permanent prison at Guantnamo.