This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
JULIAN ASSANGE’S supporters rallied outside Belmarsh prison in London on Saturday, where the WikiLeaks founder is currently being held.
The protest, which had young children in attendance, heard chants of “Free, free Julian Assange” and “No extradition,” while some banners read: “Hands off Assange” and “Don’t shoot the messenger.”
Today, I spoke outside of Belmarsh Prison, where Julian Assange is being unjustly kept in solitary confinement despite his jail sentence having ended, to deliver a simple message: #FreeJulianAssange!
— Chris Williamson MP #GTTO (@DerbyChrisW) September 28, 2019
Demonstrators marched to the entrance of the high-security prison where speeches and musical performances were made.
Speaking at the protest, Labour MP Chris Williamson said that the campaign to defend Mr Assange was “truly important” in order to defend freedom of speech.
He called the imprisonment of someone who had provided “a crucial international public service” a “travesty and an outrage.”
Mr Williamson said: “Here we have a situation where someone who we should be celebrating is facing solitary confinement, which is tantamount to torture taking place on British soil. This cannot be allowed to stand.
“We have a moral duty to fight on behalf of Julian Assange, whose only crime is to expose war crimes by the US and the abuse of state powers.”
Mr Williamson called on more parliamentarians to support Mr Assange and raise the issue in Commons.
An award ceremony was also held to honour the whistleblower facing extradition to the US with the Gavin MacFadyen Award for “extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice in the service of the truth.”
Mr Assange’s father, John Shipton, received the award on behalf of his son before visiting him in jail.
Mr Shipton previously said it was “extraordinary” that his son was being kept in such harsh prison conditions.
“The only people who are breaking the law are the UK government and the crown prosecution service,” he said.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.