GLW issue number 940


Support WikiLeaks — the intelligence agency of the people

Independent journalist Austin Mackell sent the statement below to be read out at an October 6 rally in Sydney to support Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. * * * For those of you who have not heard the story, I’m a freelance journalist who has also faced the wrath of a foreign government in the course of doing my work. While attempting to interview a union leader in the town of Mahalla, my colleagues and I were mobbed and arrested.

PHOTOS: Protest supports Assange, condemns Afghanistan war

About 200 people rallied in Sydney on October 6 at a protest organised by the Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition and the Stop the War Coalition Sydney. Speakers are the rally included Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, independent journalist Antony Loewenstein, Sydney branch secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia Paul McAleer, The Justice Campaign's Aloysia Brooks and Stop the War Coalition's Christine Keavney. Rally-goers also heard statements of support from independent journalist Austin Mackell, lawyer and human rights activist Kellie Tranter and the Afghan Peace Volunteers.

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Comment and Analysis

Free speech, police force and the #Sydneyriot

The very peaceful welcome to Aboriginal land passport ceremony was held on September 15 at the Settlement, Darlington. A great time was had by the 300 people who attended. We were contacted by the Redfern police, as is their practice when an Indigenous Social Justice Association event occurs, to ask if they could be of any assistance during the event. They were politely told that we expected no trouble from any quarter and if trouble did arise, we knew where they were. We had no problems from any outsiders against our event whatsoever.

Speech transcript: Julian Assange addresses the United Nations