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VETERANS VIGIL FOR BRADLEY MANNING

Today Veterans For Peace UK and supporters held a vigil for Bradley Manning at the U.S. Embassy in London. Bradley begins a pre-trial hearing on Friday at Fort Meade, Maryland  and faces charges that could lead to a lifetime in prison.

Michael Lyons spoke about how reading the Afghan War Logs had confirmed his doubts about the legality of the actions carried out by coalition forces in Afghanistan. In 2010 Michael applied for Conscientious Objector status refused to carry out rifle training in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. He was sentenced to 7 months in military prison and was released in November 2011. Michael  travelled up from Plymouth to show his support for Bradley Manning who faces a lifetime in prison.

Ben Griffin spoke about the importance of supporting war resisters. “If we are not actively engaged in war resistance then we should be offering our support to those that are. If it is true that Bradley Manning leaked The Afghan War LogsThe Iraq War Logs and the Collateral Murder video then the last place he should be is in prison. As far as I am concerned he is a Hero. Our countries have committed terrible crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and it is only right that we should all know exactly what has been happening.”

An International day of action has been called for Saturday 17th December. See here for more information www.bradleymanning.org

A further vigil in London has been called by Veterans for Peace UK, London Catholic Worker, Payday and other supporters of Bradley Manning, for Saturday 17th of December, 1400hrs at the U.S. Embassy. Please join us.

  • Don Anderson 14/12/2011, 02:25

    Thanks from Oregon, USA for Your Solidarity with Bradley! It’s an Honor to Know the YOU are Out There and Are Fellow Veterans For Peace ~

    Don Anderson
    Nam ’65-’66

    Veterans For Peace
    Linus Pauling Chapter 132
    Corvallis, Oregon

    http://www.vfpcorvallis.org/

  • Annette Ortiz 14/12/2011, 12:02

    That you United Kingdom for your support of Brad Manning. This man is a hero, NOT a crtiminal. The real criminals here are the US government!

    Annette Ortiz
    New Mexico

  • Terry Griffin 15/12/2011, 22:58

    There is the famous saying ‘they always shoot the messenger’…Bradley Manning is one of the few American soldiers who can leave Iraq with his head held high…TAG

  • Patricia Gracian 22/02/2012, 08:10

    Thank you for your unswerving support for Bradley!
    Pat from San Diego