The WikiLeaks founder is wanted on sexual assault charges and was recently visited by Nigel Farage.
PJ Harvey, Brian Eno, Laibach and Patti Smith are among a number of prominent artists and sundry public figures who will appear at a multi-city event on June 19 in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The #freeAssange event has been dubbed ‘First they came for Assange’ by its organisers, a reference to the Martin Niemöller poem referring to the systematic targeting of oppressed groups in Nazi Germany. The date marks the fourth anniversary of Assange’s self-imposed detention in the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault.
On June 19, Harvey will appear at the Volksbühne, Berlin; Eno will speak at the National Theatre, Belgrade; Laibach will be at Gazarte, Athens; and Smith will appear at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. The event will also hold simultaneous live-streamed talks and workshops in 14 cities in total, also including New York, Madrid and Bucharest.
Over the past year, WikiLeaks’ connections to the Russian government and Donald Trump’s election have come under investigation. In March, former UKIP leader and current free-floating stain on British politics Nigel Farage visited Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy.
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