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Free Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning!
May 12, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces the threat of extradition to the United States, after being seized by a police snatch squad from the Ecuadorean embassy in London on April 11.
His arrest was a criminal act by the Conservative government in preparation for a still greater crime. Once in the US, Assange faces the threat of indefinite detention or charges that carry the death penalty.
Chelsea Manning, who courageously provided WikiLeaks with evidence of US war crimes in 2010, has been imprisoned for refusing to testify against Assange.
Their persecution, involving a conspiracy between the UK and the US, is a fundamental assault on the democratic rights and freedom of speech of all workers and youth. Its aim is to silence anyone who dares speak out against imperialist wars of conquest, war crimes against the oppressed peoples of the world and mass surveillance and other repressive measures used to impose savage austerity against the working class.
The Socialist Equality Party is demanding the withdrawal of all charges against Julian Assange, a guarantee against extradition to the US and safe passage to his home country, Australia, and that the Trump administration frees Chelsea Manning immediately and unconditionally.
Chris Marsden, Socialist Equality Party (UK) National Secretary
Ulrich Rippert, chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (Germany)
Emmy Butlin, Julian Assange Defence Committee
(Other speakers to be confirmed)