Fredericton Rally for Bradley One of Worldwide Actions

Posted on March 21, 2011 by


The Rally for Bradley Manning, organized by Queers in Solidarity for Bradley Manning, was held at Officer’s Square in downtown Fredericton, on Sunday, March 20 at 2 PM Atlantic time. For one hour, five people held up a “Free Bradley Manning” banner, calling for the immediate end to torture of the 23 year-old gay prisoner at the Quantico Base in Virginia. Participants held the Rally in queer solidarity to make the point that to date, no gay and lesbian human rights organization has come out in support of Bradley Manning or even officially recognized his situation.

Queers in Solidarity for Bradley Manning rallied in support of our gay brother to demand the immediate end to this torture and abuse, to demand that he receives a rigorous defence and is finally set free as a champion of truth and human rights.

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Local press came and took pictures, and interviewed the participants, including The Daily Gleaner and blogger Charles LeBlanc. The photos and video linked in this story were taken by Charles LeBlanc.

Charles LeBlanc interviewed Shaun Bartone, spokesperson for Queers in Solidarity for Bradley Manning.

According to current reports from, the rally in Fredericton was one of only two in Canada, and the only rally in Eastern Canada. The other rally was held at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver, BC.

Other Rallies for Bradley held on March 19 and 20th included the main Rally at the Quantico Brig in Triangle, VA; San Francisco, CA; Santa Monica, CA; Portland, Oregon; Minneapolis, MN; Okalhoma City, OK; Kansas City, KA; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; New York City, NY; London, UK; Wrexham, Wales; The Hague, Netherlands; Vienna, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Sydney, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Byron Bay, NSW Australia, and many other cities and small towns around the world.

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