IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) BULLETIN RELEASE – 02 December 2021
· VIGIL FOR JULIAN ASSANGE AT DEPT. OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, IVEAGH HOUSE, DUBLIN AT 1PM THIS SATURDAY 04 DECEMBER 2021
The IAWM is supporting the vigil for Julian Assange organised by Free Assange Ireland outside the Department of Foreign Affairs at 1pm this Saturday. Vigils have occurred at the Australian, British and US Embassies on preceding Saturdays.
The focus this Saturday is on Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney who activists are calling on to speak up for Julian Assange. The IAWM, 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.
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-f…
Free Assange Ireland Facebook page is here – https://www.facebook.com/Free-Assange-Ireland-108045181097849/
Julian Assange’s case is clearly a politically motivated one simply because he exposed US military and other war crimes, human rights abuses and corruption in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 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.