The Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition released the statement below on August 16.
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Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Ricordo Patino, has confirmed that UK police have threatened to invade the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and arrest Julian Assange. This would be an unprecedented and scandalous violation of international law.
Ecuador is expected to announce its decision on Assange’s asylum application tonight (10pm AEST, Thursday 16 August). Even if it is granted, UK authorities have made it clear they will still try to arrest Assange.
The Australian government has consistently refused to even acknowledge the US-led political persecution of Assange, let alone defend him. We need to show the UK that the Australian people are prepared to do what our government won’t: stand up for Assange.
Please join us for an emergency rally at 5pm TOMORROW, Friday 17th August, outside the UK Consulate, Gateway Plaza, Quay Side, Alfred Street (opp. Circular Quay Station).
Bring your whistles, placards and voices to let the UK government know what we think of their servility and cowardice in what can only be surmised as kowtowing to US demands!
[For details phone Linda on 0401 511 588.]
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In Brisbane, an emergency rally to support Julian #Assange will take place today, Aug 16, 4pm, outside DFAT, Ann St. Visit here for details.
Photos of Sydney rally by Peter Boyle: