With the call to TURN up the HEAT on the US Government – small but spirited protests occurred at only two weeks notice in 16 cities and across 5 continents on August 26th! The list included ; Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Kathmandu, Ljubljana, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Toronto, Warsaw, Wellington.
These protests resulted from a call-out from classconscious.org to workers and youth for protests outside US Embassies, US Political Offices (and other locations) as part of building the international movement of the youth and working class that is needed to Free Julian Assange.
The call-out was answered and the brave stands of these pioneers of a nascent, global movement were very well-received and very widely shared on social media – inspiring many.
It is planned that we will hold global days of action at regular intervals with the next call out being Sunday November 4th (suggested time 12pm).
Classconscious.org is also facilitating Global Emergency Protests in the event that Julian is evicted from the London Ecuadorian Embassy – which might obviously affect any other protest timing.
How to get stay informed and get involved:
1) Join an Action 4 Assange Facebook group
2) Sign up for Email updates from classconscious. (Note: we also send out our new articles on other topics as well as campaign info)
3) Email classconscious.org if you want to start organising a protest in your city or country.
SPEECH OUTSIDE U.S. EMBASSY IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Here is the Portuguese to English translation of Astrid’s heartfelt speech from outside the Rio de Janeiro U.S. Consulate for the 26th August Global Protests NOW4Assange
“Good afternoon, we are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We are trying to inform the population around the world about the case of Julian Assange, who is close to being extradited to the United States, for a cause that is totally unfair. He has been in prison since 2012, for no reason, just for having divulged information that the United States thinks should be secret. But that information must be public, and everyone should know what is happening. Therefore, we are outside the United States embassy, showing that journalism must be free, information must circulate and Julian Assange can not continue in prison.
Here, the embassy staff is inviting us not to continue filming or taking pictures of their building, since we are on public land, as you can see, in the embassy’s path. This is another attempt to shut us up.”
KATHMANDU DELEGATION TO AUSTRALIAN, BRITISH AND U.S. EMBASSY
The protest in Kathmandu conducted a picket outside the Australian, British and U.S. Embassies on August 26th. They presented each Embassy with a memo.