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Shaker Aamer: Guantanamo's last British detainee

Publié par Clifford Armion le 03/03/2010

Robert Verkaik

"Those who were there compare it to a scene from The Shawshank Redemption or Cool Hand Luke, the moment when the hero-prisoner finally emerges squinting from the darkness of solitary confinement. In those classic movies, prisoners bang their cell doors in admiration; even the guards acknowledge respect. It's the triumph of the human spirit over a brutal system, the transient moment power is handed from the prison to the prisoner.

"Such a moment happened in 2005 at Guantanamo Bay, America's most famous jail. Shaker Aamer, a Muslim man from London, was the inmate stubbornly refusing to bend to the will of the governor when he led a protest against the Guantanamo authorities, co-ordinating a hunger strike which succeeded in briefly lifting the harsh regime of the camp. It may have been the defining moment in Shaker Aamer's incarceration. As he was led back from the Guantanamo medical centre to the main prison block the whole prison erupted in applause."

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"Shaker Aamer: Guantanamo's last British detainee", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2010. Consulté le 05/12/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/shaker-aamer-guantanamo-s-last-british-detainee