Artists come out in support of Bradley Manning

Brisbane artists showed their support for Bradley Manning yesterday as part of an international day of solidarity for the young soldier. On his 24th birthday Manning is facing life imprisonment and could be facing the death penalty for allegedly leaking classified military documents to the public. Manning Allegedly leaked the documents, the Afghanistan war diaries, the Iraq war diaries, Cable Gate and the footage Collateral Murder to the media site WikiLeaks.

Support was also shown on the day for Australian Editor and chief of WikiLeaks Julian Assange who has been under house arrest in Norfolk England since December last year and is fighting against extradition to sweden.

About forty people were in attendance with crowds gathering from the Brisbane mall. Yuin huzami, Muzzray and Dataparty were among the artists that played at the event.



LONDON - Report/Vids/Photos - Solidarity with Bradley Manning outside U.S. Embassy

Bradley Manning's Military Tribunal Article 32 (pre-military trial hearing) began a Ft. Meade Maryland on Friday Dec 18th.,continued through the weekend and continues into this week. A callout for solidarity action on Bradley' 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 U.S. 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", an Iraqi exile among others.


YOUTUBE (1min 41 ecs) "Lovers Electric" and friends in hometown Adelaide, South Australia celebrate Bradley Manning' 24th. birthday & his nonviolent resistance to the war and spread the word!

F5 2011 YOUTUBE by Radfax (3 mins 48 secs)
- "Lovers Electric" perform a song for Bradley Manning at Giuseppe Conlon House" London

Bradley Manning and the attack on democratic rights
19 December 2011

The persecution of whistleblower Bradley Manning is a stark warning to the entire working class. Now facing a military pretrial hearing on charges carrying a maximum sentence of death, the 24-year-old Army private is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of government and military documents. The vindictive treatment of this courageous young man is aimed at intimidating all opposition to American imperialism.

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