Occupy London has no agreement, if they should support Julian Assange and Wikilieaks or not!

Occupy London faces dilemma over support for Julian Assange

Organisation torn over whether to back WikiLeaks founder as activists join protests outside Ecuadorean embassy in London

Jullian Assange protesters

Demonstrators outside the Ecuadorean embassy: some Occupy activists have stressed they are showing solidarity with Wikileaks rather than endorsing Julian Assange. Photograph: Gautam/ Gautam/Xinhua Press/Corbis

As Occupy London activists demonstrate in support of Julian Assangeoutside the Ecuadorean embassy, an argument has broken out within and around the movement over whether it should be backing the fugitive Wikileaks founder at all.

“Occupy London has still not come to a collective decision about the Assange issue. Some object to his extradition to Sweden, some don’t,”tweeted Occupy London’s Twitter account, which has been attempting to rally support for Assange. Activists have stood with placards outside the embassy and live-streamed coverage of events on the internet.

tweet sent later on Sunday evening insisted: “Once again, to avoid any confusion – There is currently no universal agreement that Occupy London does in fact support Julian Assange.”

Some activists, including a number of those who supported the long-running occupation outside St Paul’s cathedral and have been waiting for what could emerge as Occupy’s next big initiative, have expressed disappointment.

“Unbelievable that a crowd turned up to SUPPORT #assange. Very sad sight and a shame that these rape apologists have poisoned #occupy london” said one Twitter user .

She added: “I feel sorry for the people who I know are excellent who put a lot of time and effort into occupy.”

However, some of the activists associated with Occupy who have turned up outside the embassy have stressed their presence is about showing solidarity with Wikileaks rather than necessarily endorsing Assange.

Naomi Colvin, a London-based writer and activist who has acted as a spokeswoman for Occupy, said she believed the global movement would never have happened without the whistleblowing website.

“The energy that Wikileaks produced and sense of purpose was certainly responsible in a large part for Occupy and a lot of people around the world realising themselves politically and that certainly happened to me” said Colvin, who said she was speaking in an individual capacity.

“On top of that, Wikileaks and Julian Assange has been very supportive of Occupy in London, so there is a sense that people want to support him for that reason. What he and that organisation have done is genuinely important, while what the British government has done in the past week is clearly out of order and clearly disproportionate. People have a right to be annoyed about that.”

Colvin agreed that a debate was taking place among supporters of Occupy but added that the movement had always been able to encompass differing view points.

She added: “Of course, to be supportive of Wikileaks is not to downplay questions about violence against a person or rape.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/aug/20/occupy-london-dilemma-julian-assange

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The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email: occupy-think-tank@gmx.de
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