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Welsh supporters of Bradley Manning protest

Campaigners from Wales have travelled to London to protest over the alleged treatment of US Army private Bradley Manning accused of leaking confidential papers.

The 23-year-old’s mother is Welsh and still lives in Pembrokeshire, where he grew up from 13 to 17 and attended secondary school in Pembrokeshire. Manning went to Tasker Milward school in Haverfordwest, where the now retired deputy head teacher, John Broughton remembers him as “a very pleasant lad”.

Protester Vicky Moller, from Newport, Pembrokeshire, told the BBC: “His mother was allowed to visit him last month. His mother has had several strokes. She was really damaged by what happened to him and so she now speaks through her sister. Her sister was not allowed in so she couldn’t speak to her son and she’s been very, very upset ever since.”

Speaking before the demonstration Ms Moller said: “When I realized there was a Welsh connection, I felt that Wales could do something about it. [Bradley Manning] is young, he is well motivated, and I know that sensory deprivation like isolation is one of the cruellest things you can do to a person.”

Last week Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd tabled a Commons motion on the issue. “I think it is a serious case,” she told BBC Wales. “He’s being held in solitary confinement, he’s kept in his cell for 23 hours a day, not allowed to exercise, he’s stripped of all his clothes during the night, he is not permitted to sleep during the day.

Rallies highlighting his plight were held across the US, Canada and Europe.

[BBC]

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