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Supporters of the website Wikileaks will mobilise on Friday (10/12/10) to protest against the backlash it has faced for its release of more than 250,000 US government cables.
The rally date coincides with International Human Rights Day.
Rally organisers say the Australian government has failed to uphold the human rights of Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange.
“The Australian government should be ashamed for its attacks on Wikileaks, which has been charged with no crime”, spokesperson Simon Butler said. “Australia should not join the campaign to censor Wikileaks. Wikileaks has released evidence of government lies and duplicity — information that, as citizens, we have a right to know. “We want the Gillard government to make sure Julian Assange has the same basic rights as every other Australian citizen. Threats have been made against Assange’s life, the Australian government has a duty to protect him, not threaten him.”
The rally will take place at Sydney Town Hall @ 1pm, Friday December 10.
MORE than 500 people have rallied outside Sydney's Town Hall to protest against the public prosecution of WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Greens Senator-elect Lee Rhiannon criticised the Federal Government's response to the 250,000 documents leaked by Wikileaks in recent weeks. "Julian Assange is an Australian. That makes me and I'm sure it makes you feel very proud," Ms Rhiannon told the crowd. "But we can certainly not feel proud of our Government."
More than 500 people have rallied outside Sydney's Town Hall to protest against the public prosecution of WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.