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Amnesty: Stop torture; CENTENARY SQUARE: Human rights group stages Guantanamo-style protest.

Byline: By Mark Cowan

HUMAN rights activists made an arresting site when they took part in a Guantanamo Bay-style demonstration in Birmingham city centre.

Dressed in orange jumpsuits and shackled together, 100 Amnesty International activists paraded as part of a new campaign.

The charity's Unsubscribe campaign calls for an end to alleged human rights abuses perpetuated in the name of the War on Terror.

The demonstration started in Cambridge Street and culminated in Centenary Square.

It came at the start of Amnesty International's annual Protect The Human Week.

The new campaign asks those opposed to alleged terrorism and human rights abuses in the War on Terror to unite behind a defence of human rights online. It aims to bring them together using social networking websites like Facebook, Bebo and MySpace linked to a central hub at

Amnesty spokeswoman Sara MacNeice said: "Torture, illegal detention and rendition is all being carried out by governments in our name so it's important we stand up and tell them we don't subscribe to it.

"We want people in Birmingham who are opposed to terrorism and to these abuses in the War on Terror to join us in the Unsubscribe campaign. Two wrongs don't make a right."

Amnesty International has produced a series of billboard posters and a new online film featuring acclaimed Birminghambased performance artist Jiva Parthipan.

It shows a hooded prisoner during a recreation of alleged "stress and duress" torture.


SILENT PROTEST... Amnesty International activists make their point in Centenary Square.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 15, 2007
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