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"Free Assange Now! On Assange's 50th Birthday Rally At UK Consulate To Demand His Freedom
by Labor Video Projecct
Sunday Jul 4th, 2021 10:15 AM
On the 50th birthday of Julian Assange, a solidarity rally was held at the UK consulate in San Francisco. Participants spoke out on the issues and also celebrated his birthday with a cake.
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On the 50th birthday of Julian Assange dozens of supporters of the founder of Wiki Leaks rallied and spoke out at the British consulate in San Francisco.
They also had a cake to honor his birthday. He is still imprisoned by the UK government under draconian conditions for false charges by the FBI and other government agencies that want him
extradited to the United States where he could be imprisoned for up to 175 years.

The US government both Democrats and Republican are prosecuting Assange for "espionage" although he is not a US citizen and this threatens all journalists an published who expose the crimes of US imperialism and illegal wars around the world.
This also included the recent bombings in Iraq and Syria which are war crimes under the Biden administration and violate international law.
This rally took place on July 3, 2021

Additional media:
Journalism Is Not A Crime! War Crimes Are! Oakland Meeting For Julian Assange With Brother Gabriel and Father John Shipton
https://youtu.be/NHOyCRuuLy8

Free Assange & All Journalists/Whistleblower Rally in SF After UK Court Rejected Extradition
https://youtu.be/HPsPJt0e9I4

IFJ 30th World Congress Passes Resolution In Defense of Assange "a threat to journalists and journalism around the world"
https://www.ifj.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Urgentmotions_IFJCongress_2019.pdf_170619.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3DElZ6rIh5OgpGVCLtgEuGKvC0toyQPAw0SF2pg9NRy3dGSx1Ln3CWXrk

San Francisco Labor Council 02-11-19 Resolution in Support of the Defense of Whistle Blower & Journalist Julian Assange
https://sflaborcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/02-11-19Resolution-in-Support-of-the-Defense-of-WhistleblowerAssange.pdf

Press Freedom, Whistleblowers & The Case Of Assange, Manning & Carmody
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0Ps-vxaaSw

MEAA Australia’s Media Workers Union-New Assange charges pose a threat to press freedom
https://www.meaa.org/news/new-assange-charges-pose-a-threat-to-press-freedom/

The Attack On Julian Assange, Journalists, Democratic Rights, Labor & Imperialist War: A Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLDGwPw_TuE&t=221s

SF Trade Unionists & SFLC Delegates Speak Out On The Case Of Julian Assange
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mujVU2Y5PAo&t=230s

Sponsored by
Bay Action Committee To Free Julian Assange
http://bayaction2freeassange.org
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Labor Video Project
http://www.labormedia.net
§Participants Called For The Freedom Of Julian Assange
by Labor Video Projecct
Sunday Jul 4th, 2021 10:15 AM
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Participants of the solidarity rally on the 50th birthday of Julian Assange demanded his freedom and also said the real war criminals should be put on trial that are running the US and UK governments.
§Birthday Cake For Julian Assange
by Labor Video Projecct
Sunday Jul 4th, 2021 10:15 AM
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A birthday cake for Julian Assange to celebrate his 50th birthday was part of the event.
§A Justice Lawyer Speaks Out For Julian Assange
by Labor Video Projecct
Sunday Jul 4th, 2021 10:15 AM
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An attorney spoke out about the attempt to extradition of Julian Assange talk about the fact that there was no legal basis for the extradition of Assange.
§Singer At Rally For Julian Assange
by Labor Video Projecct
Sunday Jul 4th, 2021 10:15 AM
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Francis Collinssinger sang songs for Julian Assange.
§Participants at the Rally On Assange's Birthday
by Labor Video Projecct
Sunday Jul 4th, 2021 10:15 AM
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Participants at the rally for the freedom of Julian Assange on his birthday
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Thursday Jul 8th, 2021 8:33 AM
Some 250 medical doctors for Assange have called for the release of Julian Assange. See https://consortiumnews.com/2021/07/07/doctors-tell-biden-let-assange-go/
Quotable quotes:
"More than 250 doctors around the world have written to Joe Biden to tell him to drop the Espionage Act charges against Julian Assange in retaliation for publishing critical information about the United States."

"To: President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland
From: Doctors for Assange: https://doctorsassange.org
Date: July 7, 2021"

"Doctors for Assange [i] joins politicians, human rights, press freedom, and rule of law advocates across the globe in urging you to end the unwarranted U.S. legal persecution and torture of Julian Assange, by dropping all charges against him now. The Trump administration’s efforts to entrap a publisher in an extradition scheme, for the purpose of subjecting an Australian citizen to the U.S. Espionage Act, have violated judicial due process, international law, press freedom and human rights. We implore you to end the misguided case you have inherited that violates the bedrock principles of our democracy."

"Doctors for Assange is alarmed by recent reports that Julian Assange continues to suffer severe psychological abuse in HMP Belmarsh Prison. Having won his case against extradition to the United States on unprecedented Espionage Act charges against him as a publisher, the U.K. judge nevertheless is holding Mr. Assange in unjustified indefinite detention pending your appeal of the decision."

"Today, the U.K. High Court granted the U.S. limited permission to appeal the earlier U.K. ruling against the U.S. extradition request. Crucially, the High Court did not permit the U.S. to appeal findings based on Assange’s medical and psychological status, and affirmed the previous judge’s findings regarding his clinical condition. The doctors note that in light of this ruling, the U.S. “avenues for appeal appear limited.”"

"Meanwhile, Mr. Assange continues to suffer serious, life threatening effects of the psychological torture he has been subjected to for more than a decade. His partner, Stella Moris, reports Mr. Assange is having “severe episodes” in prison, and that he is suffering “mental turmoil.” These symptoms, like the psychological trauma and suicidal ideation evidenced during Mr. Assange’s extradition hearing last Fall, are expected consequences of psychological torture, as reported by the United Nations Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer."

"Although the judge decided against extradition based on oppressive conditions in U.S. prisons, which would place Mr. Assange at high risk of suicide, the U.S. appeal of that decision keeps him in conditions amounting to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in the U.K.. While detained pending progression of the U.S. appeal, Mr. Assange remains in maximum security conditions, held in the U.K.’s most punitive and repressive prison despite being a non-violent prisoner who has not been convicted of any crime. His risk of suicide or death from prolonged psychological torture and medical neglect remains high. [ii] Moreover, Mr. Assange remains at high risk of both contracting and suffering the worst outcomes of COVID-19."

"In addition, Mr. Assange’s continued pursuit by the Biden Administration calls into question the legitimacy of the United States’ stated commitment to press freedom, civil liberties and human rights. The world’s leading authorities in such matters, including Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders, the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, to name a few, are unequivocally denouncing the U.S. Government’s pursuit of Julian Assange. Cross-party groups of parliamentarians from the U.K., Australia, Germany and Italy, have weighed in as well, warning that the extraterritorial reach and unprecedented criminalization of publishing activity threatens journalists and freedom of speech worldwide."

The signers who are listed "on behalf of Doctors for Assange." are:
Dr. Marco Chiesa, MD, FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist and Visiting Professor, University College London, United Kingdom

Dr. C. Stephen Frost, BSc, MBChB, Specialist in Diagnostic Radiology (Stockholm, Sweden), United Kingdom and Sweden

Dr. Bob Gill, MBChB, MRCGP, General Medical Practitioner, United Kingdom

Prof. William Hogan, MD, Specialist in Internal Medicine; Professor of Biomedical Informatics, United States

Dr. Lissa Johnson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Australia

Prof. Tony Nelson, Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Anne Noonan, Psychiatrist, SONT, Specialist Outreach Northern Territory, Australia

Prof. Thomas G. Schulze, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY; University Hospital, LMU Munich; Member, Executive Committee of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA); Past President of the American Psychopathological Association (APPA) and of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG), Germany and United States

Dr. Jill Stein, MD, Internist, Lexington, Massachusetts; Former instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, United States

Dr. Derek Summerfield, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College, University of London; Former Chief Psychiatrist at the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture, United Kingdom

Dr. Sue Wareham OAM (Order of Australia), MBBS, General Medical Practitioner (retired); Co-founder of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2017 Nobel Peace Prize), Australia

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