The Quantico Marine base, where PFC Bradley Manning, accused of releasing secret government documents to the WikiLeaks website, has been held in solitary confinement for nine months.
The replica of the Iwo Jima monument at the entrance to the base, normally open to the public
The rally in support of Bradley
We are all Bradley Manning
A passerby expresses support--many cars honked in greeting as they drove by on Route 1.
Jeffrey, a Great Pyranese.
Mike Ferner, former Veterans For Peace president and Vietnam War vet
Mike Tork of VFP
Indiana in the house!
Ward Reilly of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, with Zachary Choate of Iraq Veterans Against the War
World War II vet Jay Wenk, preparing to lay flowers on the Iwo Jima memorial.
Daniel Ellsberg, also a vet and a member of Veterans For Peace
Elaine Brower, a military mother and member of VFP and World Can't Wait
A broken flower
Kim Carlyle, editor of War Crimes Times, the newspaper of Veterans For Peace
Protesters line up to go down to the intersection opposite the base. They have negotiated for six of them to be allowed to place flowers on the replica of the Iwo Jima war memorial there, which is normally open to the public, but which the Marine base has closed for the day.
The protesters march from the rally site to the corner across from the Iwo Jima memorial replica. We have been told that we will not be allowed to cross Route 1 to the memorial, but that six representatives plus a photographer and videographer, may place flowers on the memorial.
The six who will place flowers on the memorial, including Zach Choat (in dress uniform), Daniel Ellsberg, Elaine Brower, Ret. Col. Ann Wright and WW2 vet Jay Wenk.
Watermelon Slim, a Vietnam War vet, blows taps on his harmonica
The six go across Route 1 to the memorial.
They were not allowed to go all the way to the memorial, but had to toss their flowers over the barriers.
As Ann and Dan come back across Route 1 ...
... they sit down in the road.
Others break out of the police barriers to sit in the road.
Then they join Ann and Dan in the middle of Route 1
More demonstrators leave the penned-in area, urging others to join them
The barriers are opened
Protesters stream out into Route 1.
Some of the 9 different police forces present start to move into position to block Route 1.
The Virginia State Police set up a line across Route 1.
Leslie, who helped to sell the rest of our t-shirts (she's wearing one) so I could go back to shooting these pictures. Thanks!!!
The first arrestee, sitting behind the police line by himself.
More protesters sit down in the road.
Tighe Barry of CODEPINK always dresses for the occasion
The VSP were wearing knee and shin pads and helmets; some carried automatic weapons.
The protesters carried only signs and whistles.
When the Virginia State Police begin arresting the people sitting down, they come through the police line and take them by the head (!).
The pulled this guy up by his head/neck.
Elaine has turned the poster into a drum that she's beating on her leg.
Ken Meyers of VFP urges the police to go carefully with the blind man.
She just stuck the sticker on the shield behind her.
Time for her to go now--for each arrest, the police come through the line from behind...
take one of the protesters and pull her through the line, which then closes back up behind her so we can't see where she's being taken.
The woman in the beige jacket wants to be a public school teacher. Ellsberg is asked if he has any advice for her, and he says, "This is the best lesson we can teach our children." When asked if she's worried that an arrest record will prevent her from becoming a teacher, she says, "If a misdemeanor charge for protesting stops you from teaching in the public schools, we'll have to find another place to educate our children."
After the three people sitting down at the end closest to the police (all over 70 years old) stand up to ease their bones, the police line steps forward in unison, pushing the standers (including Ellsberg) so that they fall on the people still sitting.
After the three standing people are taken away, the police move forward in unison again (with no warning), this time almost trampling the people sitting in the road.
Those standing try to help others up so that people aren't pushed on top of each other by the police line pushing forward.
Once everyone is standing, the police start moving forward again, pushing people backward as if this were some sort of battle for territory--remember, these are nonviolent protesters who have all said they would not resist arrest.
The protesters are standing in one place, while the police keep moving forward without warning; here Bev Rice of New York gets pressed between the cops and the protesters behind her.
This man was facing away from the cops, and one of them reached through the line and pulled him backwards through the line by his t-shirt collar.
The last street-sitter, Helen Gearhart, an Iraq vet, speaks about her experience before being taken behind the police line.
This person was not intending to be arrested, but didn't clear the street fast enough after the arrests were over, and was taken into custody.
Semi-automatic weapons and an attack dog.
I guess they need this much firepower to make sure a bunch of nonviolent protesters don't take back the road.
Arrestees stand in line to be processed
Even the horses had riot gear--they have a plastic mask over their eyes.
The statement from the base about our protest. I guess a bunch of mostly gray-haired vets putting flowers on a public war memorial constitutes such a threat to national security that it trumps the U.S. Marines' deep respect for our freedom of speech.