Columbia Protesters Support Whistleblowers

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COLUMBIA - Citizens gathered on the steps of the Boone County Courthouse for a "Rally for Freedom, Supporting Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden and other Whistleblowers" on July 3.

The Mid-Missouri Peace Coalition sponsored the event to raise awareness before the July 4 holiday.

"Simply waving a flag is fine," coordinator Jeff Stack said, "but let's actually exercise the freedoms we have by upholding and applauding individuals like Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning, really heroes in our midst."

Speakers at the event included investigative reporter Steve Weinberg, author Zaid Mahir, and Chair of the Missouri Libertarian Party Cisse Spragins.