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Exclusive Wikileaks Video Report – “First they came for Assange”

20. June 2016

Exclusive Wikileaks Video Report – “First they came for Assange”

For this exclusive acTVism video report, we travelled to the Volksbühne in Berlin in order to document the global event named “First they came for Assange” in which the case of Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, was brought to the forefront. We talked directly to organizers and participants on the following issues: Assange’s case, the function and significance of whistleblowers in a democratic society, the German government’s handling of whistleblowers and the role that artists and activists can play to bring about meaningful change.

VIDEO: Report – Wikileaks: “First they came for Assange”

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Details of the Event:

First they came for Assange was a Global Event marking the 4th anniversary of Julian Assange’s political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London that took place simultaneously in Berlin, Paris, New York, Quito, Brussels, Madrid, Naples, Belgrade, and other cities, with Julian Assange (live from the Ecuadorian Embassy), and other supporters such as Yanis Varoufakis, PJ Harvey, Vivienne Westwood, Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Žižek, Renata Avila, Bernard Stiegler, Sarah Harisson, Srećko Horvat, Brian Eno, Baltasar Garzón, Angela Richter, Chris Hedges, Laibach and many others. To see the full list of speakers click here.

Four years after Julian Assange passed through the gates of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and was forced to seek asylum, people from all over the world joined their voices in order to ask that this persecution be brought to to an end.

VIDEO CREDITS: ThePressProject

Picture Gallery:  “First they came for Assange”

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acTVism Munich plans to continue translating “A Conversation to Privacy”, the event organized by the University of Arizona that hosted Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Noam Chomsky. acTVism Munich believes that privacy is a central ingredient to democracy and creating awareness on it on a global scale is of utmost importance for the future of human freedom and liberty. Secondly, we plan to begin translating an event that was organized by the New York Public Library (NYPL) that hosted Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky. This event took place on April 26, 2016, and focused, amongst other issues, on the state of European democracy; the underlying problems confronting it and the solutions moving forward.

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