Protest in Quantico Shows National Support for Manning
Supporters from around the country gathered in Quantico to protest the imprisonment of accused WikiLeaks whisteblower Bradley Manning. The gathering, hastily put together by several activist organizations, was held on August 8th in Quantico, VA – where Pfc. Manning was transferred and is currently pending his court martial.
The organizations and individuals in attendance included Code Pink, the ANSWER Coalition, Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Courage to Resist, the Reverend Lennox Yearwood and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. Protesters carried signs calling on the US government to free Bradley Manning and end the wars.
Some counter-protesters were also in attendance. An attempted march following the rally was halted by town police without major incident.
Manning faces up to 52 years in prison from charges related to disclosing classified information. The information he is alleged to have leaked included the “Collateral Murder” video, documenting American troops shooting and killing two Reuters employers from an Apache helicopter. Daniel Ellberg, famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower, has stated that if Manning did disclose the documents, he is a hero.
Photo credit: mar is sea Y @ flickr.com
Event coverage and photos by Jeff Patterson at Indybay.
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Article by CNN, including video: Activists rally to ‘Free Bradley Manning’ in WikiLeaks case
Video: Andrew Castro: “We Demand Freedom for Bradley Manning!”
Andrew Castro is a member of the ANSWER Coalition, a national peace and justice organization.
Video: Rev. Lennox Yearwood: “I Pray for all Truth Tellers!”
Rev Lennox Yearwood is the chair of the Hip Hop Caucus,a community activist and a member of the Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Video: Ray McGovern: “No Moral Sense in Pentagon and White House!”
Ray McGovern is an ex-CIA analyst, peace and justice activist and author.
Video: Josh Stieber Defends Bradley Manning
Josh Stieber is a Iraq War veteran and a conscientious objector. See Mr. Strieber’s blog here: http://contagiousloveexperiment.wordpress.com/
Video: Phyllis Bennis: “Wars Needs Secrets!”
Phyllis Bennis is a journalist, and a peace and justice activist. Ms. Bennis said: “Wars Need Secrets. Illegal wars keep illegal secrets… Democracy needs whistleblowers.”