''The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war,no matter how justified,shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation'' --George Washington--
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Hundreds Gather In Support Of Former Royal Marine Convicted Of Murder
Police estimate more than 600 people have joined a rally calling for the release of a Royal Marine Sergeant, jailed for murdering an Afghan man.
Alexander Blackman was given a minimum term of 10 years when he was convicted in 2013 for shooting an injured Taliban insurgent.
An appeal against his conviction was rejected in May last year but the jail term was reduced to a minimum of 8 years.
His supporters want the case reopened, claiming there is new evidence shows Marine Blackman should have faced the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Today they gathered in their hundreds on Parliament Square, many of them veterans creating a small sea of green berets in the heart of Westminster.
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Sgt. Blackman's wife Claire said she was hugely impressed with the turnout. Read more and watch video