VIDEO: Daniel Ellsberg, Others Face Off with Riot Cops in Mass Arrests at Bradley Manning Protest
When up to 30 activists were arrested yesterday at Quantico protesting the inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning, Daniel Ellsberg among them, it was reportedly because they would not budge from an intersection. New videos from the scene, captured by Glass Bead Collective, shows the resolute and peaceful nature of the protests -- and the disproportionate presence of cops in riot gear.
The first clip captures Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers hero, sitting peacefully on the ground outside a barricade and surrounded by cops in riot gear. (He's the one in the blue suit.) One of his cohorts is being interviewed when the cops swoop in and physically pick up an elderly man sitting nearby, to chants of “Shame” by fellow protesters. And the footage is indeed shameful:
Next, Ellsberg and Colonel Ann Wright are targeted after a brief standoff.
Here are a couple of longer clips depicting several more arrests and a good overview of the protests -- which appear to be well attended, vehement and without violence.
Manning is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and has been forced to strip naked for long periods of time, treatment that many have characterized as psychological torture. When Obama said he believes the Pentagon when they say the the treatment is 'appropriate,' Ellsberg responded, 'If he really believes, as he’s said, that “some of this [nudity, isolation, harassment, sleep-deprivation] has to do with Private Manning’s wellbeing”, despite the contrary judgments of the prison psychologist – then he’s being lied to, and he needs to get a grip on his administration.'