Craig Murray: Hands Around Parliament for Assange

The total destruction of Julian Assange as a demonstration of the untrammeled hegemonic power of the United States is very much the aim of the political establishment.

Assange supporters will cross Westminster Bridge, in foreground, on way around the Parliament building. (Joe Lauria)

By Craig Murray

On Saturday we try to put Hands Around Parliament in opposition to the extradition of Julian Assange. Human chains are being formed in support internationally in many different countries.

It is more important than ever that we stand up for human rights, freedom of speech and the right to oppose U.S. military hegemony and expose its crimes. Threats to the right to protest are multiplying at home, and the war in Ukraine has driven to an extreme degree the regimentation of the entire state and corporate media behind a single and extremely partial narrative.

The total destruction of Julian Assange as a demonstration of the untrammeled hegemonic power of the United States is very much the aim of the political establishment.

Watch Stella Assange stand up to John Bolton:

We are gathering at 1pm on Saturday at Westminster. Because the Houses of Parliament border the river, a human chain around them involves crossing two bridges of the Thames and a distance of several miles. It is therefore a logistical challenge that will require many thousands of people and a fair amount of patience and getting into position.

There is a real worry that transport strikes – which I fully support as workers have been exploited too long and too easily – will reduce the numbers, so I absolutely urge everybody who can get themselves to Westminster to make a special effort to do so.

Here are other actions around the world on Saturday:

Read Craig Murray’s courtroom reports from Assange’s extradition hearings.

Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010. His coverage is entirely dependent on reader support. Subscriptions to keep this blog going are gratefully received.

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9 comments for “Craig Murray: Hands Around Parliament for Assange

  1. October 10, 2022 at 08:13

    Were he (rightfully) a free man and restored back to physical, emotional and spiritual health, Julian Assange would now be asking the world’s fellow genuine peacemakers to by all means find the inner spiritual power necessary for ending the escalating warring in Ukraine, and bringing about the only sane option: A sober, mature, wise, negotiated, total halt to the unnecessary violence. Future generations will read in their history books on whether the forces of good or the forces of evil triumphed on Earth back in the year 2022..

    “There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” – A.J. Muste (1885-1967)

  2. Robert Sinuhe
    October 8, 2022 at 12:59

    The U.S. government certainly shot itself in the foot to prosecute Julian Assange. Had they not made a federal case out of him, the whole affair would have disappeared in the ether like all the other mis-deeds of the American government.

  3. Susan Leslie
    October 8, 2022 at 10:40

    Seriously, John Bolton – perhaps one of the biggest war criminals on the planet? And he is allowed to speak while Julian remains behind bars for telling the truth about US war crimes? Shame on all of you so-called journalists out there who are ignoring freedom of speech and freedom of the press – I hope you all burn in hell for your crimes against humanity!

  4. Mike
    October 8, 2022 at 07:14

    Neither the BBC nor The Guardian has given a whisper to their followers (you would not expect anything else from the rest of the privately controlled media) that 3000+ individuals will shortly be surrounding Parliament to tell the world that Julian Assange is being slowly executed by British and American governments (and Parliaments). Sure, the media will have obituaries ready for when the time comes but the showing of any sympathy or even interest might risk giving his cause ‘the oxygen of publicity’ – a Thatcherite term which did not stop USA from working with Irish Republicans.
    As for the protesters, they are not there ‘because they are making history’ as thousands did when assembling a week or so ago. Nor do they relish being photographed by secret services to be investigated and placed on secret data bases. No, though uncomfortable and difficult to many, if not all, they know that if we give up on Julian Assange, there will be little hope for freedom-and-democracy, anywhere, The Free World or otherwise.
    Unable to be there myself, I can only wish the best for all taking part.

  5. Realist
    October 7, 2022 at 23:45

    With the ever increasing reach and power of mass communication because of breakneck technological advancement, you would think there would be an increased participation of citizens in public affairs and a more democratic and egalitarian society. Yet it’s been just the opposite, at least in the Western world which used to be the greatest bastion of democracy but now is mostly a fraud exploiting everyone but the thinnest layer of the upper crust who benefit enormously from this system and its ongoing evolution. How and why did we let that happen? Why were we unable to stop it from happening even with articulate spokespersons such as Craig Murray? Assange and Snowden are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our modern model of political, judicial and financial oppression. No offense intended, but they almost exist as celebrities amongst the persecuted who are mostly anonymous, their names and faces unknown to the wider world. There is so much troubling about our modern world. I think our forefathers, as inconsistent, bigoted, imperious and hypocritical as they were would feel shame about what we have become. They might be right to say, “so you have destroyed our statues, reputations and place in history, but have also doubled down on our sins!” “Wokeism” is sure not any remedy, as it is nothing but the substitution of one set of prejudices and discriminations for another. And even that operates at the pleasure of those few at the top of the heap. Moreover, the much anticipated “Great Reset” seems determined to simply re-solidify all the control and prerogatives that the top 1% already enjoy. There will be no enhancement of justice or opportunity for nearly all of us, and certainly not for the likes of Assange or Snowden.

  6. JHN
    October 7, 2022 at 23:26

    THANK YOU for ALL the information you continue to provide, and now for reporting about the witnesses to be held, calling for Assange to be freed! I cannot get to one, but have made a large sign and will be by Route 1 (PA in U.S.).

  7. slorter
    October 7, 2022 at 17:48

    Untrammeled hegemonic power of the United States is very much the aim of the political establishment.

    It is on so many levels, through the media deliberately constructed false statements, color revolutions, regime change to install compliant puppets. Deliberate provocations on borders to create chaos.

    Economic criminality and the weaponizing of sanctions, covert activities to destroy infrastructure, demonizing of independent states who do not comply and value their sovereignty etc.

  8. Anon
    October 7, 2022 at 17:05

    Props to Mr. Murray, homeland imprisoned journalist for independently publishing material allowed for GB MSMs (which I understand include the govt. itself).
    Assange prosecution is of a Foreign National; argument can be generated as to similarity to extraordinary rendition.
    Tnx Mr Murray, CN.

  9. Dave Hett
    October 7, 2022 at 16:05

    My wife Carolyn and I live in the Boreal Forest in Canada’s Yukon Territory. There are no events that I know of that are planned in the Territories largest town, Whitehorse , so we will send some money and let you know that we are both mighty impressed with your efforts and will be thinking of you.

    Best regards and good luck!

    Dave and Carolyn

    Teslin, Yukon Territory

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