Wales: Marking the anniversary of Afghan War Diaries

ON SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF RELEASE OF AFGHAN WAR DIARIES,
BANNER TO BE UNFURLED AT SNOWDON SUMMIT

Wednesday 25 July is the second Anniversary of the release by WikiLeaks of the Afghan War Diaries.

These diaries provided indisputable evidence about the real nature of the futile and bloody ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
Yet, two years later:

  • The war in Afghanistan goes on
  • The death and injury toll continues to rise
  • Bradley Manning remains in pretrial detention
  • Julian Assange of WikiLeaks has sought sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in fear of his life if extradited to the US
    (via Sweden or directly from Britain)

MARKING THIS ANNIVERSARY IN WALES

Genny Bove of the network WISE Up Action (WISE = Welsh, Irish, Scottish, English) and Wrexham Peace & Justice Forum said:

Weather permitting, we plan to unfurl a banner for Bradley Manning at the highest point in Wales, the summit of Snowdon on Wednesday 25 July. We want to remind the people of Wales that – two years on – a young man with Welsh roots (Bradley’s mother is Welsh, he lived here for four years as a teenager and he still has close family here) remains in custody and continues to be persecuted at the hands of the United States. Bradley is accused of exposing the truth about the real nature of the war in Afghanistan, a public spirited whistleblowing act that should be applauded not punished. Meanwhile, Julian Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in fear of his life at the wrath of the United States for releasing, amongst other revealing disclosures, these diaries.

This is a war in which many Welsh soldiers have lost their lives, and from which many more have returned and continue to return home permanently scarred by injury or psychological trauma. It is a war that should never have been started, in which there will be no winners and in which, as in all modern warfare, by far the largest number of those killed and maimed are civilians.

Free Bradley Manning!
Protect Julian Assange!
End the War in Afghanistan now!

FURTHER INFORMATION

Links to:
Afghan War Diaries
WISE Up network
Bradley Manning Support Network article on the anniversary.
More information about Julian Assange Justice 4 Assange Four Corners documentary

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