On September 2nd at 6:00 pm, the journalist John Pilger, alongside the famous songwriter and singer of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, organized a concert to protest the arrest and treatment of Julian Assange, journalist and founder of wiki leaks. The concert was held at Marsham street in front of the home secretary’s office. Assange has been imprisoned in Belmarsh prison for almost half a year, his health is quickly deteriorating, and as Pilger reported “His psychological torture is unabated. He remains isolated in his small cell, mostly 23 hours a day, denied proper exercise. He has lost more weight. Although ‘approved,’ phone calls to his parents are still not possible.” The conditions in which Assange is been kept are not far from torture, he’s also be denied the possibility of keeping in touch with his lawyers. If Assange is extradited to the USA, he’ll surely face a sentence of up to 175 years in prison only because he was willing to expose the crimes committed by the USA government in foreign countries. The arrest and torture of Julian Assange is an attack on democracy and a wink at authoritarianism. What makes this scarier is that the arrest of Assange is just a way for the elite to silence the opposition and possibly prepare to spread more terror across countries. As decent human beings, we should not stand in silence while all of this happens, because I can guarantee you that our ancestors who fought for democracy and freedom would not be pleased.
“Troubled, leaning on Necker, descends the King to his chamber of council; shady mountains
In fear utter voices of thunder; the woods of France embosom the sound;
Clouds of wisdom prophetic reply, and roll over the palace roof heavy.
Forty men, each conversing with woes in the infinite shadows of his soul,
Like our ancient fathers in regions of twilight, walk, gathering round the King:
Again the loud voice of France cries to the morning; the morning prophesies to its clouds.”
“The French Revolution” by William Blake