Supporters of Julian Assange will gather at Park Street Station on the Boston Common on Saturday, January 21 from 11:30 to 12:30 to raise their voices for the embattled and endangered journalist and publisher Julian Assange. For this rally, a special focus will be on the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, marking the 21st anniversary of its opening on January 11, 2002. This symbol of US lawlessness is still open despite WikiLeaks publishing the GITMO Files in 2011 showing the awful abuses of the detainees. Assange suffers similarly to the detainees as he is held in limbo, tortured, uncharged, un convicted, and his dire situation under-reported. If our media faithfully reported on Guantanamo and Assange’s incarceration it could quickly put an end to both.
Twenty of the 35 men currently being held at Guantanamo have been cleared for release, many of them for years! Nine are facing charges in very compromised “military commissions” which will probably never come to a resolution because of the torture they all have faced, one is serving a life sentence, 2 accepted plea deals and 3 are considered “forever prisoners.”
The founder of WikiLeaks is awaiting word about whether the UK will hear his appeal of their decision to extradite him to the US, where he faces 175 years under the Espionage Act. His only “crime” is to have published evidence of US war crimes in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo and other matters.
Next Friday there is an online call for Assange’s freedom with interviews and panel discussions. Please register and report on the Belmarsh Tribunal that will be at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Jan 20th at 2pm. UK Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn is coming in for it! Inspired by the Russell-Sartre Tribunals of the Vietnam War, the Belmarsh Tribunal will bring expert witnesses together to present evidence of the attacks and crimes against Julian Assange and to remind President Biden to protect the First Amendment and drop the charges against Assange.
Julian Assange has support around the world. The Australian Parliament, for years, has shown cross-party support for bringing their fellow countryman home and the Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese has finally come out strongly with the Biden administration, saying that they should drop the charges.
As German member of Parliament Sevim Dagdelen explained at the NYC Assange rally on Human Rights Day, December 10, the German Parliament has passed a cross-party resolution of support for freedom for Assange, with the vast majority in favor, including ministers of the current government calling for Assange’s release. (See minute 6:03 in video.)
Mexican president Manuel Lopez Obrador has offered Assange asylum and all Latin America’s leftist presidents are supporting the campaign to free Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks journalist has the support of Brazil’s Lula da Silva, Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Colombia’s Gustavo Petro, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, as well as Argentina’s vice president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and former presidents: Bolivia’s Evo Morales, and Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya.
A major journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, John Lyons, said recently that he firmly expects Julian Assange to be released within two months.
At the end of November, 5 major newspapers came out with a joint Open Letter saying that publishing is not a crime and Assange should be released.
Both Daniel Ellsberg and John Young of Cryptome, who published the same documents unredacted just before Assange released them, redacted, have asked the Department of Justice to indict them along with Assange, leading Newsweek to write this article strongly supporting him.
Please join us on the 21st to call for an end to both these injustices. Hopefully we can celebrate Assange’s release soon as well as a just resolution of the quagmire at Guantanamo.
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