On Saturday 1 June 2013, just 2 days before Bradley Manning's trial at Fort Meade, Maryland, USA, was due to start, there were support demonstrations in many cities around the world, and one of these was in Melbourne.
Here are some of the photos taken by Ken Lovett at that demonstration:
Celebrities declare "I am Bradley" in new video
While PFC Bradley Manning stands trial at Ft. Meade, MD, pop-culture celebrities declare their support for the Army whistleblower, in a five-minute advocacy video released late yesterday. Produced by the Bradley Manning Support Network, more than 20 Hollywood actors, musicians, and other well-known leaders appear in the new video, titled “I am Bradley Manning.”
Filmmaker Oliver Stone; actors Russell Brand, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Wallace Shawn, Peter Sarsgaard; musicians Moby, Tom Morello, and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters; writers Matt Taibbi, Alice Walker, Chris Hedges; and activists Lt. Dan Choi and Angela Davis, and others speak out in the short film, explaining that Manning sought to expose war crimes and inspire debate and reforms. They condemn the “aiding the enemy” charge with which the military wants to imprison him for life, arguing it criminalizes what should be recognized as whistle-blowing.