4 December: Support Vigil for Julian Assange in Washington DC

Report by Malachy Kilbride of the US-based National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

As the sun set over Washington, DC, where Occupy DC was being threatened with dispersal by federal and local DC police forces, a small group of local DC area residents gathered outside the British Embassy and Chancery compound to support Julian Assange and oppose the course of injustice he is being forced on that may see his extradition to the United States which has been implicated in the Wikileaks revelation of American war crimes in Iraq amongst other countries around the world.

A small gathering by candlelight took place attended by local resident activists composed of the local Dorothy Day Catholic Worker community, Pax Christi USA, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, and others from around metropolitan Washington, DC.

It has been seriously considered by legal experts that if Assange is turned over to Swedish authorities he will very likely be handed over to the United States Government for his reported role in the Wikileaks
revelations of US war crimes in Iraq amongst other revelations of US war criminality. Recently it was noted in the press that if Assange is extradited to the US that he very well me brought before a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia not far from Washington, DC. This area is known for its high percentage of military, retired military, war contractors, and those connected professionally or through family to
the US intelligence community. Local peace and social justice activists in the Washington, DC area are mindful of this as they also prepare for demonstrations of support for alleged US war crimes whistle blower, US Army Private Bradley Manning, who is scheduled for trial outside of Washington, DC this month.

[Photos by Judith Kelly, School of Americas prisoner of conscience]

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