August 17th 2012
Maggie Islanders stood up for Julian Assange
After a very difficult week offline due to technical problems and despite an appalling misrepresentation by the Murdoch-owned Townsville Bulletin - who didn't have the guts to post a quickly offered correction - the very wrong Julian Assange statue story failed to dent the enthusiasm, determination and energy of the 60 Magnetic Islanders and friends who joined together for a picnic at Picnic Bay to support for Julian Assange.
Given the unbelievable developments with the British government - now threatening to tear up centuries of diplomatic immunity conventions and break into the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to extract Julian Assange - the relevance and justification for the support shown last Sunday at Picnic Bay could hardly be more timely and appropriate.
About 60 Islanders and friends stood up for Julian Assange at Picnic Bay
How could one of the world's oldest and greatest democracies consider turning such a basic international agreement as the immunity of a foreign embassy on its head to capture Julian Assange when, in 1984, they stood by and let Libyan "diplomats" open fire to kill police constable Yvonne Fletcher when she was guarding an anti-Gaddafi protest.
Perhaps only now the world can begin to see the truth behind the smear campaign which has followed Julian Assange since Wiki-leaks embarrassed the US government by releasing 250,000 embassy emails including the, now, infamous "Collateral Murder" (Click here) video.
Perhaps, for many more people, only now can Assange's extradition to Sweden be seen for the sham it is. If it wasn't obvious enough just compare him again with the genuinely dangerous crook Gaddafi. The Libyan dictator was issued with an Interpol "orange" notice when he was on the run. But Julian got the (highest level) "Red" notice, issued by Sweden through Interpol, for apparently, not wearing a condom.
It's also no surprise that none other than Mr Karl Rove, known in many quarters, back in the day, as (George) "Bush's Brain" is advising the Swedish Prime Minister (Click here)
One would never put our local organs in the Rove class. But by, what is more likely desperation to stir up anything that might win affection from the job slashers at the, "not a fit and proper person" owned Townsville Bulletin, your editor was called last week about the picnic we were planning to show support for Julian Assange. Politely I answered reporter, Daniel Bateman's questions which included one about what I thought of calls for a statue or monument to Assange on Magnetic. The subject has been raised before and I explained that I didn't think it was going anywhere and that such a 21st century figure couldn't appropriately become something for pigeons to poop on. At no stage did I suggest this would be in any way the subject of the picnic supporting Assange, but, out it came, Assange statue on Maggie? (Click here)
Your editor wouldn't normally go to such lengths to refute a silly claim but the story is instructive as to how big media will trivialise and or tell porkies to suit their version of history - even a tiny detail such as this. The story gets published and I quickly wrote to refute the claim but that would have spoiled the fun. My comment never appeared but the Bully, who can't spell "Ecuador" (there's no "q") and believe there is a place called "Picnic Island," was happy to share the laugh with the Herald Sun and the Courier Mail.
So, did this limit the number of locals and friends who showed up in good numbers to support the boy who once played on the beach at Picnic while his mum sketched the marvellous view? We don't know but we do know that the games being played by the big boys and the powers behind them are becoming obvious and that the world very much needs brave people like Julian Assange and WikiLeaks to cut through the words and images we are now expected to believe.
So, last Sunday, as a group of drummers appeared spontaneously to send a rhythym message we could all appreciate, a crew of young and old and in between gathered to chat and stand up for Julian Assange.
To acknowledge her and Julian's love of Magnetic Island, a message was read from Julian's mother, Christine. It said:
Many thanks to all of you for coming here today.
Like WikiLeaks, Magnetic Island is small but with a big spirit. Julian and I both have very fond memories of living here.
We are now facing our darkest hours. Powers, who do not want the people of the world to know the truth of their corruption, are massing against Julian and WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks took the mask off power and power is very very angry. Embarrassing the US is life threatening and, along with the US lapdogs Sweden and the UK, now the Australian government has fallen into line to shoot the messenger.
Most of the mainstream media represents corporate interests smearing Julian and WikiLeaks to silence the truth. On the other hand, ordinary people around the world are rallying in their defence - recognising the importance of whistleblowers and a free and fearless media to hold government and corporations to account to preserve our democracies.
I encourage you to search for the truth about Julian and WikiLeaks.
With the rapid surveillance state in Australia and US militarisation of our country, I encourage you to do as Julian has done - to search for the truth. The freedom of your children and grandchildren depends on it.
George has links on Magnetic Times to factual information for those interested.
I hope you have a lovely day on Magnetic Island.
Indeed it was a lovely day and you can see all the photos on our facebook page (Click here).