June 19 at 20:30
Theatre Bozar

Live streaming with Julian Assange

Jun 19

20:30 local time
First they came for Assange

Brussels Speaks Out!

Join us in an exciting discussion between Greece’s former minister of finance Yanis Varoufakis and Croatian philosopher Srećko Horvat, founders of the Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25), on the importance on whistleblowers, transparency and democracy.

As part of a unique global event which will simultaneously take place in Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Belgrade, Naples and other cities, Brussels will become part of the 4th anniversary of Julian Assange’s political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Inspired by famous Martin Niemöller’s poem “First they came …” about cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group, what the event “First they came for Assange…” wants to stress is that we live in dangerous time in which everyone opposed to the political and financial powers might soon become a target.

First they came after Assange, then they came after Chelsea Manning, then they came after Edward Snowden… who is next? Although the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention recently released the finding that Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained, and more than 500 human rights organisations, law professors, former UN office holders and Nobel Prize winners signed a letter urging governments of Sweden and UK to respect UN’s decision to free Assange, he is still living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with fear he might be extradited to the US.

Moderator: Laurent de Sutter (VUB)

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Four years after Julian Assange passed through the gates of the Equador Embassy in London, asking for an asylum, people from all over the world join their voices in order to ask that this unbelievable persecution is brought to an end.



Yanis Varoufakis is a Greek economis, founder of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025. He was Minister of Finance of Greece and member of the Parliament of Greece



Srećko Horvat is a philosopher, author and political activist belonging to a younger generation of Croatian intellectuals.


de Sutter

Laurent de Sutter is a senior researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. From 2014 he was Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”.

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