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Guantánamo art show rattles US military and could prompt confiscation or destruction | The Guardian

After the exhibition opened at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in October, the US Department of Defense announced that it would not only prevent artworks from leaving Guantánamo, but that it would also take inmates’ artwork away from them – and might destroy them.

After finding out that some artworks had been sold, the Pentagon “effectively eliminated transfer of detainee produced artwork from the detention facility”, a spokesman, Maj Ben Sakrisson, told the Guardian via email.

Lawyers for some of the remaining 41 prisoners in Guantánamo say that since the exhibition began, the camp administration has taken away finished artworks from detainees, and that camp officials have not allowed art to exit the facility, which was previously permitted.

Source: Guantánamo art show rattles US military and could prompt confiscation or destruction | US news | The Guardian

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