Julian Assange Irish Day of Solidarity Sat 23/10/2021 1PM GPO Dublin

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE – 17 October 2021

OPEN LETTER SENT TO MINISTER SIMON COVENEY CALLING ON HIM TO SPEAK UP FOR JULIAN ASSANGE

IRISH DAY OF SOLIDARITY NEXT SAT 23rd OCTOBER

 

The Irish Anti War Movement, along with several other anti-war and social justice groups in Ireland, has written an open letter to Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney calling on him to lobby by all means necessary, including via Ireland’s current membership of the United Nations Security Council, the British and United States Governments, to release the campaigning Wikileaks editor and journalist, Julian Assange.

The letter, now launched as an Uplift campaign, can be viewed and signed here – https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-fo... The call to Simon Coveney has been supported so far by many prominent Irish people including: Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Christy Moore, Sinéad Cusack, Stephen Rea, Eamonn Mc Cann, Dr. Harry Browne, Raymond Deane, Trevor Joyce, John F. Deane, Honor Heffernan, Dr. Ronit Lentin, Prof. Ray Kinsella, Trevor Hogan and elected politicians Joan Collins, Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy, Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and Thomas Pringle.

The open latter is part of a campaign in Ireland to draw public attention to the fate of the imprisoned journalist and to put pressure on the Irish Government to call for his release.

A series of solidarity events for Julian Assange organised by Free Assange Ireland and supported by the IAWM will be held across the island of Ireland from Dublin to Galway and from Derry to Kerry this coming Saturday 23rd October. This includes a rally at the GPO in Dublin at 1pm followed by a public meeting at 3pm with MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace and former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday at the New Theatre, Connolly Books, East Essex Street in Dublin.

In West Belfast Sein Fein MP Paul Maskey will unveil a banner in soilidarity with Julian Assange. Free Assange Ireland link here - https://www.facebook.com/Free-Assange-Ireland-108045181097849/ The hearing of the appeal by the US Government against the decision of a British Court not to extradite him to the USA will be held on 27th and 28th October.

Jim Roche, PRO of the IWM said:

"This is clearly a politically motivated case simply because Julian Assange exposed US military and other war crimes, human rights abuses and corruption in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He spoke truth to power and has been vindicated. His continued incarceration and threatened extradition to the US is a threat not only to him but to all journalists, editors and publishers, to the cause of investigative journalism, to press freedom and to freedom of speech generally. That is why the IAWM along with others are calling on Minister Simon Coveney to speak up for Julian Assange and to use his influence to call for his immediate release."

 

Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456

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