SFA students raise awareness for Guantanamo detainees

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A surge of youth activism is reaching the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Last month a campus demonstration created Trayvon Martin awareness.

Today the subject is Guantanamo detainees.

Students put on orange prison jumpsuits and secure blindfolds.

It's all to bring specific attention to one Guantanamo prisoner representing the plight of over a hundred more.

"His name is Shaker Aamer and he has been a detainee at Guantanamo for 10 years," said Atalia Castro, vice president of Amnesty International program.

The bigger message brought to the center of campus is a desire to increase political awareness.

"Being civic responsible, being politically active and being aware of things tat are around us that control citizen of power is something that is really critical to preserving democracy," said Luka Mutinba, program president.

Amnesty International is the only human rights student organization at SFA.

Members draw a parallel with injustices at Guantanamo to those they see at home.

"We can sort of like translate to even racial profiling in America. That's getting a lot of attention now with the trayvon martin case, " said Mutinba.

"A lot of the detainees were being profiled racially. This is happening to this guy, but who knows if it could happen to me, to you or to anybody," said Castro.

These students believe political awareness helps people appreciate a democratic society.

The evolutionary biologist and the child and family development major aren't pursuing political careers, for they know human rights can be protected in any number of way.

This evening the student organization provided a video link to an internationally broadcast panel discussion with experts on U.S. detention facilities at Guantanamo.

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