HAVANA - American activists reached the halfway point in a long trek toward the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay to protest treatment of terror suspects, but it appeared unlikely the communist government would let them enter a Cuban military zone to reach the U.S. outpost.
The 25 marchers, who set out Wednesday, hope to arrive at — or at least near to — the naval base by Saturday, which is International Human Rights Day. The march was organized by the Catholic Worker movement, an anti-war and social justice alliance.
If denied entry to the base, they have said they will fast and pray for the abolition of torture by all nations.
Cuban officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press, said it was unlikely that the island‘s Revolutionary Armed Forces would allow marchers to traverse the miles-wide military zone that has surrounded the American base since shortly after the 1959 triumph of the Cuban revolution.
Permission to enter the area is rarely granted to civilians — especially foreigners — and even then only after months of deliberations.
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