Attack on The Casa

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On Saturday 2nd November 2013 a fundraising benefit gig for the family of imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning, organised by WISE Up Action, at The Casa in Liverpool, a pub set up by sacked Liverpool Dockers, suffered multiple violent attacks.

The day before the physical and verbal attacks on the anti-war activist organisers and The Casa staff a statement on Adam Ford's blog, "from a group of activists who will be supporting Chelsea Manning but opposing Ciaron O'Reilly at an event in Liverpool tomorrow" claimed that "Ciaron O'Reilly - a main organiser of tonight's event - does not support Chelsea Manning in the same way that we do, and we intend to protest against that". Ten days before the attack an article opposing the event published on the blog of a member of the Liverpool Solidarity Federation, which was also published on Libcom, claimed that Ciaron O’Reilly was a "vile misogynist and transphobic shitbag". These unsubstantiated and refuted allegations followed on from the accusations made at the London Anarchist bookfair on 19th October 2013 at which Ciaron O’Reilly was physically and verbally assaulted for his support of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.

Links: Catholic among the Pigeons | Solidarity gigs/events for US prisoner of conscience Private Manning | Drunk Attack on Chelsea Manning's Family Fundraiser in Liverpool | Weekend of Solidarity with Chelsea Manning's Family - the good news!