Translation of news article on Taiwan protest against the persecution of Julian Assange.
The following article is a translation of a report that appeared in the Taiwanese newspaper Liberty Times. The original article can be viewed here.
A second article published in another English language newspaper, Taiwan News, can be viewed here.
Supporting the founders of WikiLeaks Human rights workers go to AIT to protest against American persecution
[Reporter Lu Yizhen/Taipei reported] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in the UK on the 11th and may be extradited to the United States, facing life imprisonment. Linda, a Taiwanese human rights worker, today went to the United States Association of Taiwan (AIT) to protest and echo the “global synchronised actions to free Julian Assange” to defend freedom of speech, publication and press.
Since WikiLeaks disclosed more than 700,000 US classified documents, films and diplomatic messages, Assange has since become a thorn in side of the United States.
On the 11th, after the Ecuadorian government withdrew its protection for Assange, the British police entered Ecuador’s London embassy at the invitation of the Ecuadorian ambassador, where Assange has lived for nearly seven years and arrested him, according the to the US government charges against him for conspiring to enter the government’s computer. They arrested Assange, who has white hair, and dragged him out of the embassy to a police car. Assange will attend a trial on May 2 in accordance with the US extradition request.
The human rights worker Linda in Taiwan and the Canadian-born Curtis, (he became a naturalised Taiwanese citizen this year), who has long been concerned about the preservation of cultural assets, went to the AIT Xinyi Road office at noon today to put up a banner in support of Assange to protest against the US persecution of Wikileaks.
Linda said in an interview that this is an echo from Taipei, in response to the planned “global synchronised action to free Julian Assange” next week, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights and Amnesty International will also release a statement.
Linda said that WikiLeaks extensively exposed the internal reports of the US military, involving evidence of indiscriminate killing of civilians and war correspondents in the war, such as the famous “Collateral Murder” film, stating that “the US military murdered Iraqi civilians and two Reuters reporters. Wikileaks also exposed many diplomatic documents, making the Democratic Party was look bad, and the Democratic Party, which should support freedom of speech, has kept quiet.
Linda stressed that the United States has smothered Assange because of his leaks of their secret classified documents, and has pressured Sweden and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom now also cooperates with the United States to arrest Julian Assange. This is a violation of human rights. She appealed to the Taiwanese people to “at least have an opinion”, because this is an international human rights standard. Linda does not hold expectations on the Taiwanese government. She believes that the current Taiwanese government is under the pressure from the United States, and even a discussion of the country’s future is avoided, and it will not criticized America for this matter. Taiwan “I look down.”