9 Aug 2006
Protest Diaries in Sydney - David Hicks Vigil in Sydney Town Hall
David Hicks turned 31 on 7 August., However, he is unable to celebrate it at home with family and friends because the man has been imprisoned at Guantanamo for over four years.
To campaign for his release and promote the cause, a vigil was held at 5pm outside Sydney Town Hall.
Upon arriving with a friend, we light our candles and place it on a placard on the floor which says, “Free David Hicks”.
The organizers had also set up a table with a written petition and anti-war materials on it. Orange balloons with the words, “Bring Hicks Home” were tied around trees and columns along the sidewalks while activists engage passer-bys on the story of the imprisoned Australian.
Detainment without access to legal advice and a free and fair trial is a human rights atrocity and abuse. The detention of David Hicks in Guantanamo Bay, along with other undisclosed thousands of US government alleged suspected terrorists in other prison camps around the world has shown how far right the modern world has become.