August 8th 2012
Supporting Julian Assange with a picnic at Picnic
It’s a fun and, we think, a very Magnetic Island way to support a former Islander who is risking his life to make a more open, transparent and accountable world. We are talking about the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, who lived on Magnetic as a boy and spent much of his time, with his mum, Christine, on beautiful Picnic Bay beach. This Sunday, Magnetic Times will be devouring a little cake and a cup of tea with friends at the Surf Lifesaving Club end of the beach to celebrate the achievements of Julian Assange and have a group photo taken to show our support. Of course, as an open public place, all who may wish to join us will be very welcome.
The plight of Julian Assange continues with the multiple award winning journalist and winner of the Sydney Peace Prize, presently a guest of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, following a request for political asylum in Equador with a decision expected after this Sunday, August 12.
We believe many Australians and women in particular have had misgivings over Julian Assange as he is being sought for questioning by the Swedish police over sexual assault allegations. To understand why Magnetic Times believes this is a travesty of justice and much more about the dark side of international politics, we highly recommend ABC TV’s Four Corners programme from Monday July 23 as a must-see backgrounder (Click here)
Many groups, including Amnesty International believe that Julian Assange’s achievements by publishing 250,000 US Embassy cables, which included the shooting of several unarmed civilians and Reuters journalists by a US helicopter crew - an incident which had been covered-up prior to the release of “Collateral Murder”, as WikiLeaks named it - played a vital role in triggering the Arab Spring and the vast efforts by citizens of many countries to overthrow despotic rulers and seek democracy.
But for Magnetic Islanders we thought it was time we showed our support for Julian Assange and remind our government and opposition that there are many who think we should stand up for one of our own.
To find out more about Julian Assange and the issues surrounding him we suggest readers visit WL Central (click here)
To read Magnetic Times' account of Julian Assanges’ boyhood on Magnetic Island, as told by his mother Christine, (Click here)
So why not join us in the sunshine on the beach at Picnic Bay from 4pm.