Australian students support June 17 Sydney rally demanding freedom for Julian Assange
1 June 2018
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality held campaigns at universities across New South Wales (NSW) this week to promote the June 17 demonstration at Sydney Town Hall Square, called by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in defence of Julian Assange.
Students enthusiastically supported the SEP’s demand that the Australian government act immediately to secure the WikiLeaks editor’s freedom, with a guarantee against extradition to the United States. They spoke about the impact that WikiLeaks has had on their political knowledge and understanding, through its exposure of wars and diplomatic intrigues.
The IYSSE held speak-outs advertising the rally at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), one of the largest in Sydney, and the University of Newcastle.
At the UNSW speak-out, Reed Pasara, the president of the IYSSE club on campus, declared: “Any student or worker that defends democratic rights must take up the struggle to free Julian Assange. The situation he faces is the sharpest expression of a campaign to silence any opposition to war and social inequality.”
At the University of Newcastle, John Davis, the IYSSE club president warned: “The situation with Assange has now reached a critical turning point.” He reviewed Ecuador’s decision to cut-off Assange’s access to the Internet and visitors at its London embassy and the attempts to force him into British and US custody.
At the University of Newcastle, Akisha said Assange was under attack because he “threatens the major governments. They want to keep people ignorant. He exposed how the US government tampers with elections…