Wednesday, May 01, 2019

For an international campaign to defend Assange and Manning

From WSWS:

Today, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a British judge for “violating bail conditions.” There will be a hearing on Thursday on an extradition request filed by the United States.

If the US succeeds in getting its hands on him, Assange faces indefinite detention or charges that carry the penalty of death.

Along with Chelsea Manning, who is currently behind bars for refusing to testify against Assange, the WikiLeaks founder is being targeted for revealing the crimes of American imperialism.

The defense of class war prisoners such as Assange and Manning, along with the fight against war, the growth of fascism and authoritarianism, the ever-greater concentration of wealth, and internet censorship  are inextricably bound up with the fight against capitalism and for socialism.

The central question facing millions of workers and young people throughout the world is: What is socialism and how can it be achieved?

On May 4, the ICFI is holding its annual International May Day Online Rally which will feature speakers from around the world who will address these critical questions for a world audience, including reports on the efforts of our sections, in the UK, Australia, and the US in particular, to defend Assange and Manning.

I urge you to register for the event, make a donation to help cover the costs, and share today’s perspective with friends, family, and coworkers to help make this years May Day the most successful yet.


Joseph Kishore
National Secretary
Socialist Equality Party - US
Latest News

Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for bail violation in vindictive political ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks imprisonment in a show trial Wednesday at Southwark Crown Court. Assange has been incarcerated in London’s Belmarsh prison, in conditions amounting to solitary confinement and without access to visitors, following his illegal seizure April 3 from the Ecuadorian embassy.
The sentence on bail charges is just two weeks short of the maximum one-year sentence he could have received, despite already being held in arbitrary detention by the British authorities since he was first detained in London in December 2010.

SEP (Australia) candidates demand freedom for Assange and Manning at Sydney rally

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) won working-class support at its rally in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta last Saturday, demanding the immediate release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and US whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
The rally was addressed by three of the eight SEP candidates contesting the May 18 federal election, as well as longstanding SEP leader Nick Beams, and James McGlone, a friend of Julian Assange’s father.

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