Photo by Dan Viesnik. View more of Dan’s photos of the rally here.
Bradley Manning’s Military Tribunal Article 32 (pre-military trial hearing) began a Ft. Meade Maryland on Friday Dec 16th, continued through the weekend and continues into this week. A callout for solidarity action on Bradley’s 24th birthday, Saturday Dec 17th, was answered in 40+ locations throughout the United States and around the world. In London 60 folks gathered in solidarity with Bradley outside the US embassy.
The London gathering heard solidarity statements read from human rights and gay activist Peter Tatchell and recently released British military resister Michael Lyons. Keynote speeches were made by Ben Griffin from Veterans for Peace, Naomi Colvin from UK Friends of Bradley Manning and Ciaron O’Reilly from the London Catholic Worker. An open platform followed which included speeches by folks from Occupy London SX, “Pay Day”, Global Women’s Strike, a British Iraq War veteran, Pirate Party, Queer Friends of Bradley Manning, Oxford Catholic Worker and an Iraqi exile among others.
Anti-War activist/ former U.S. political prisoner Ciaron O’Reilly speaking:
Iraqi man offers support to Bradley Manning:
For updates on Bradley Manning, see the international support network website bradleymanning.org.