STOP PRESS! Roger Waters Flies into London to Support Monday Launch of We Stand With Shaker Campaign


The logo for the We Stand With Shaker campaign, launching on Nov. 24, 2014.Music legend Roger Waters, Pink Floyd’s chief songwriter, flew into London this evening for the Monday lunchtime launch of We Stand With Shaker, a new campaign aimed at securing the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison.

The launch is at 12.30 today (Monday November 24) in Old Palace Yard, opposite the Houses of Parliament, by the statue of King George V. Roger will be there at 12.15 to answer questions and to stand for photos with the giant inflatable figure of Shaker Aamer that is a key part of the campaign.

Below is a powerful and moving video of Roger reading out a letter from Shaker this summer, provided to him by Clive Stafford Smith, the director of Reprieve. Clive is also attending the launch, as well as John McDonnell MP (Labour, Hayes and Harlington), Caroline Lucas MP (Green, Brighton Pavilion), comedian Jeremy Hardy, myself, and others tbc.

Shaker Aamer from Roger Waters on Vimeo.

For further information about the launch, please see my recent article, “We Stand With Shaker: Come to the Launch in London on Monday Nov. 24 Calling for the Release of Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo.” Please also like and share us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

And please be ready to visit the We Stand With Shaker website, launching very soon, featuring a promo video for the campaign — of me and my band The Four Fathers performing ‘Song for Shaker Aamer’, the campaign song I wrote, as well as photos of celebrities standing with the giant inflatable figure of Shaker Aamer, and photos of supporters from around the world holding up signs that read, ‘I Stand With Shaker.’

Let’s Stand With Shaker, and bring his long and unjust imprisonment to an end. He was first told that the US no longer wanted to hold him seven years ago — and seven years ago the British government began asking for his return, and yet he is still held.

There must be more excuses. Free Shaker Aamer now, and bring him home to his family in London!


Joanne MacInnes, campaign co-ordinator, on 07867 553580.
Andy Worthington, campaign director, on 07985 695338.

Please send photos to the campaign email address.

Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer and film-maker. He is the co-founder of the “Close Guantánamo” campaign, and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here — or here for the US).

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10 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, Jan Strain wrote:

    Way cool for Mr. Waters to join in. Exactly what can draw great attention to the cause.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Yes, I’m so pleased, Jan. I had only asked him to take his photo holding up a sign, and then he sprung this on me! Couldn’t be happier. Now I just need to get some sleep …

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Dipak Parekh wrote:

    nice one x

    Pigs On The Wing (Parts 1 & 2) – Pink Floyd

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Yes indeed, Dipak!

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Jan Strain wrote:

    Sleep well my dear friend

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Dejanka Bryant wrote:

    Have a successful day, Andy. I wish I could join you, but my child has a terrible cold. It’s disgraceful what has been done to Shaker Aamer.

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Jan and Dejanka. By now I think you’ll have realized that it was a great day and it all went very well. Now to keep up the momentum:

  8. Andy Worthington says...

    Zareen Taj wrote:

    Thank you Roger! Thank you Andy! Love and BIG HUG to Shaker xxx

  9. Andy Worthington says...

    Jonas Rand wrote:

    Love and Respect!

  10. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Zareen and Jonas. Good to hear from you both. It was a great day, and I touched on some of it here:

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