Protest in Sri Lanka calling for Julian Assange's freedom

For the formation of a Global Defence Committee to secure his freedom!

The editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Parties are calling for an international campaign to mobilize the working class, student youth, artists, journalists and intellectuals to block Julian Assange’s rendition to the US and secure his liberation.

In the statement, the WSWS wrote:

“The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Parties affiliated with the International Committee of the Fourth International call for a global campaign to stop WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, and to secure both his and whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s freedom.

“Only by organizing protest actions on an international scale—meetings, rallies, demonstrations, and public conferences—will it be possible to frustrate and defeat the plans of reactionary governments, their intelligence agencies and political agents to silence and destroy Julian Assange.

“The aim of this campaign must be to politically arouse and mobilize the international working class—the overwhelming majority of the population and the most powerful social force on the planet—in defense of Julian Assange and, in fact, the democratic and social rights of all workers.”

Read full statement

The Socialist Equality Party urges you to read this important statement, share it with friends, family and co-workers and become active in the fight to protect Julian Assange.

You can also download the statement as a colour or black & white PDF leaflet to print and distribute yourself. [A3 colour, A4 colour, A4 b&w]

As the statement points out, “No one who is seriously committed to the defense of democratic rights can stand on the sidelines.” The time to act is now.

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An appeal to London bus workers
Free Julian Assange!
Attend the August 1 rank-and-file meeting!

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been held in London’s Belmarsh maximum security prison since April 11. He faces extradition to the United States on trumped-up Espionage Act charges that carry a 175-year sentence and a possible death penalty.

Assange is a class war prisoner. His crime was to tell the truth. He has been hunted down and persecuted for exposing war crimes, including the US military’s slaughter of one million innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All the forces of the state are targeting Assange. No smears and lies are too great – either by the media or the US, British, Swedish and Australian governments. This will come as no surprise to workers. Whenever there are strikes – by rail workers, doctors and nurses, or teachers—the media and the state always respond with hostility to try and isolate and break our struggles.

There are 25,000 bus workers in London, which makes them a force to be reckoned with if mobilised. The government and media are determined to prevent opposition from developing to their plans, and they are doing so with the vital assistance of the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Labour and the unions have done nothing to help Assange. As always, they are focusing their energies on suppressing opposition to the employers and the Tories. Above all they are working to prevent any discussion of the escalating war drive against Iran that will have untold consequences in human life.

Bus workers are facing never-ending demands for restructuring: bus routes curtailed or cut, duties longer, breaks shorter, schedules tighter with a massive increase in accidents where drivers are always in the wrong. These conditions are being enforced by the union which does deals behind our backs and keeps bus workers divided while they work together with management.

Bus workers need rank-and-file committees so we can begin fighting for our rights. Democracy is vital. And this is why Julian Assange, a hero who has done so much to tell the world’s people the truth, needs our support.

We urge all London bus drivers, mechanics, cleaners and other workers to attend the rank-and-file meeting called for August 1. We will pass a resolution defending Assange and hear grievances from workers as part of developing a charter of bus workers’ rights. This must be the start of a fight to reverse the decades of attacks suffered by the entire working class in London, as part of the growing struggle by working people in France, North Africa, the US and around the world. Free Julian Assange! Defend the democratic and social rights of the working class! No to war!

Issued by the Global Defence Committee (London) and the Socialist Equality Party

[Download the A4 leaflet in colour or black & white]


Model Resolution

The following model resolution [download] calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. You can use or adapt this resolution to move at your workplace, college, school, university, union branch or community organisation.

Information and resources to help you campaign for this resolution can be found at Defend Wikileaks and this page.

If you would like a speaker for your meeting, please get in touch. If your resolution is passed, please email a copy to sep@socialequality.org.uk so that it can be published on the World Socialist Web Site and shared via social media.

This meeting of ___________________ condemns the Espionage Act charges against WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange. The indictments issued by the US Department of Justice carry a prison term of 175 years, with further charges being prepared.

The conspiracy charges against Assange are a frontal assault on the freedom of the press. He has been charged for exposing US war crimes that led to the deaths of one million people in Iraq and Afghanistan. If extradited to the US, he will undoubtedly face additional charges that carry the death penalty.

On May 31, the UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer found that Assange has been subjected to torture and unprecedented state persecution in violation of his fundamental human rights.

We demand Assange’s immediate release from Belmarsh Prison and that the UK government exercise its veto power to block his extradition to the United States. We also call for the immediate release of courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning who has be re-jailed for refusing to testify against Assange.

We resolve to fight for Assange’s freedom and call on [eg: our fellow rail workers/bus drivers] to come to Assange’s defence. The democratic rights of the entire working class are at stake.

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World Socialist Web Site

The World Socialist Web Site regularly publishes articles about the campaign to defend Assange and Manning, as well as news and analysis of major world events, workers’ struggles, arts, science, history and much more.

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