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PROTESTS IN 12
CITIES IN SEVEN COUNTRIES DEMAND
THE RELEASE OF CHELSEA MANNING
Manning’s supporters from lgbtq, women, anti-war,
anti-racist, anti-zionist, whistleblowers and other
movements for change from 12 cities in seven countries are calling for her
release on her birthday.
vigils, parties and other events
will take place in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Dublin, Istanbul, London,
Philadelphia, Rome, San Francisco, Vancouver, Venice and Washington.
the vigil in London on Wednesday 17 December from 2.30
to 4pm on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.
Manning, who is 27 this week, has become one of the world’s best-known
whistleblowers. She is the transgender US soldier, Grand Marshal of San
Francisco Gay Pride 2014, who revealed war crimes and corruption by the US, UK and other governments.
She leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks
exposing the truth, and therefore saving many lives. Imprisoned in 2010
and held for months under torturous conditions, she was sentenced to 35 years
in August 2013. If the sentence
stands, she will be out in 2045. We cannot allow this,
we have to get her out.
Chelsea has made it
possible for the public to finally know about: the “collateral murder” video of a US
helicopter crew killing Iraqi civilianslthe cover-up of rape in Iraq & Afghanistanl the secret use of drones for extra-judicial killing
lUS dirty tricks in Haiti, Venezuela, Peru &
Egyptian and Palestinian Authority collusion with Israel’s bombing of Gaza .
. .and much more.
In a recent public
statement, Chelsea drew out the
connection between her battle for transgender rights and recent struggles for
immigration reform in the US and battles for justice against police officers
killing of unarmed people of colour like Michael
Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York.
As Chelsea is preparing her appeal in 2015,
the campaign to free her has gained a new momentum. Amnesty International is circulating a petition
and pressure on the Department
of Defense are requesting clemency from President
Obama are flowing from various quarters of society. The National
Union of Journalists in the UK is publicising the events on
their website and the Guardian
published a letter
on 12 December announcing the events. In a statement, Vivienne Westwood has written: “We
love you, Chelsea. We are the
Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon papers whistleblower, who
will attend the event in San Francisco, has stated: “Without the example of Chelsea Manning, both her disclosures and her
treatment by the Injustice System, we probably would not have the revelations
of Ed Snowden."
Didi Rossi from Queer Strike, which is jointly
organising the London vigil, said “Chelsea is our lgbtq
anti-war whistleblower heroine. Her
disclosures have strengthened and protected people from all backgrounds and
communities internationally. We have benefitted from her whistleblowing
and we all have a responsibility to get her out.”
Giorgio Riva from Payday, also jointly organising the London vigil, “Chelsea’s action has inspired a new movement of
whistleblowers, with people like Edward Snowden, but also thousands of lesser
known people working in institutions of all types. The authorities hope to
make an example of Chelsea
in an attempt to hinder a now unstoppable movement.”
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