Occupy Minneapolis is now camped firmly on the patch of grass on the west side of Peavey Plaza. Toni: “About 15 or 20 are here every night.” Minimum interference from Police, but the camera on the trailer keeps a watchful eye on them. The occupants go about the business of living.
On the 11th street side of the Plaza, a group of peace activists pleaded for the release of PFC Bradley Manning, a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the whistleblower website, WikiLeaks. He was charged over the following months with a number of offenses, including communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source, and aiding the enemy, a capital offense, though prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty. Motions for dismissal of one or more of the charges were denied by the judge on April 26.
The Peavey Plaza event is but the latest in a long series of local protests supporting the whistleblower.