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This international event, marking the 4th anniversary since Julian Assange was granted political asylum at the embassy of Equador will be held on June 19 in Athens, Berlin, Paris, New York, Kyoto, Brussels, Madrid, Naples, Belgrade, and other cities. Assange will address the event, as well as several prominent supporters of the cause; Y.Varoufakis, P.J.Harvey, V.Westwood, N.Chomski, S. Zizek, R.Avila, B.Stiegler, S. Harrison, S.Horvat, B. Eno, B.Garcon, A.Richter, C.Hedges, Laibach and many more.
Inspired by the famous M.Niemoler poem on the cowardice of German thinkers during the rise of Nazism and the subsequent escalation of targeted persecutions which eventually spread across the entire spectrum of German society, “First they came for Assange…” aims to demonstrate that we live in critical times and that anyone who goes against the political and financial status quo can easily become the next target.
Four years have passed since a courageous South American nation, granted J.Assange asylum due to fears of a possible expedition to the USA. After this exercise of sovereign rights, the UK threatened to attack the London Embassy. Two EU countries, UK and Sweden are consistently denying to act according to the human rights code and allow Assange safe passage to a London airport.
On February 2016, the UN declared that seclusion of J.Assange is illegal. Over 500 human rights organisations, law professors, former UN members and nobelists signed a petition asking the Swedish and British governments to respect the UN verdict and free Assange immediately.
Over 100 days have passed since that report and the situation has not changed, and it will not change unless political pressure escalates. We can no longer remain quiet. First they came for Julian, then C.Maning and E.Snowden…who’s next?