Yesterday was the fourth time an execution date had been set for Troy Davis. On previous occasions, he had been granted a stay of three days, one day, and on one occasion, just 90 minutes before he was due to die. Psychiatrists who work with death row inmates have said that such repeated exposure to expected death is tantamount to torture. This time, not in occupied foreign territories such as Guantanamo Bay, or sub-contracted to friendly dictators through ‘extraordinary rendition,’ but lawfully carried out in the United States.
The death penalty simply serves as another tool at the disposal of the racist, supremacist ideology of the US, and Troy Davis is its latest victim. But, as Davis himself wrote, he is not the only one.
‘There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.’