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article imageVideo: Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland (update)

By Anne Sewell     Aug 18, 2012 in World
Oakland - A rally and occupation action for accused whistleblower Bradley Manning was held at President Obama's campaign headquarters in Oakland and Portland on August 16. 12 people were arrested. Updated with photos.
A coordinated set of actions by well over 100 veterans and supporters of Bradley Manning, the whistleblower who was arrested, imprisoned, facing a court martial and suffering torture for passing on the Collateral Murder video to WikiLeaks, was held on August 16.
The veterans occupied and rallied at the Obama campaign offices on the west coast and six members of the group were arrested. Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans against the War, Grandmothers against the War and Code Pink were represented.
Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
Occupy Oakland
A further protest was held at the campaign headquarters in Portland, Oregon, with six more protesters arrested by police.
The protest was led by veterans, including Iraq vet Scott Olsen, who was badly injured by police in a clash with Occupy Oakland last year.
Scott Olsen at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
Scott Olsen at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
Occupy Oakland
Olsen explains, “We occupied the President’s campaign office to raise awareness about the injustices Bradley Manning has endured. Bradley has sacrificed for us, doing what was right despite potentially spending the rest of his life in jail.”
Video: Scott Olsen interviewed about the action:
Manning, 24, has been indicted on 22 counts including charges of aiding the enemy.
Another Iraq war veteran in Los Angeles, Kevin Baker, explained why he supports Bradley Manning, “Generals say Bradley Manning put lives at risk, but they’re the ones who put us at risk, keeping these things secret and lying us into war.”
Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
Occupy Oakland
Protesters in Oakland delivered a letter to campaign staff members, requesting it be sent on to President Obama at the main Chicago campaign headquarters. The letter requests President Obama to pardon PFC Bradley Manning, outlining both his abusive treatment in a Quantico prison cell and also President Obama's unlawful remarks that Manning “broke the law.”
Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
Occupy Oakland
Campaign staff at the Oakland office eventually agreed to send the letter to the national headquarters in Chicago.
Rainey Reitman, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who spoke at the free Manning rally prior to the protest, has said that the letter was successfully faxed to the White House before the protest ended.
Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
Occupy Oakland
Despite this, several protesters remained in each city to await Obama's response to their demands, and arrests ensued.
Further actions are being called nationwide during the Democratic National Convention and also at Ft Meade, MD, when Manning returns to court on August 28. A further action is also planned for October 1.
Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
Occupy Oakland
Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
Occupy Oakland
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