Former Pink Floyd co-lead vocalist and bassist Roger Waters posted an emotional video on his Twitter account and called his fans and followers to join him in his protest against the wrongful detention of the founder of WikiLeaks and fight for their freedom of speech.
Roger Waters is highly active on his social media accounts and often enjoys using his Twitter account to voice his views on social and political matters. As you may recall, less than a week ago, Roger Waters had invited his fans to join him for a New York City rally in protest of the wrongful detention of Steven Dozinger, an American lawyer.
Just some hours ago, he invited his fans to another protest in New York in support of Julian Assange. Assange is an Australian activist, editor, and publisher, best known as the founder of the website called WikiLeaks. As you may recall, the website had attracted a lot of attention in 2010, when they published a series of leaks by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
The leaks were shocking, to say the least, and they included; the Iraq war logs, Cablegate, the Baghdad airstrike Collateral Murder video, the Afghanistan war logs (July 2010), and many more. After these leaks, the US government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks.
Following these events, Sweden issued an international arrest warrant for Julian Assange over allegations of sexual assault which Assange claimed were just a pretext as Sweden would hand him over to the United States as soon as he was arrested. After that he breached bail and in 2012, he took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London on the grounds of political persecution.
However, that was not the end of the story or the leaks. During the 2016 United States election campaign, WikiLeaks shared some confidential Democratic Party emails which expressed that the party’s national committee preferred Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. After that, on April 11, 2019, Ecuador withdrew Assange’s asylum and he was arrested by the police.
In the recent video that he posted on his Twitter account, Roger Waters said that he has not forgotten about Julian Assange, and stated the ‘his incarceration is a monstrous outrage.’ He said that it is time US citizens stand up to ‘hugely rich and morally corrupt, powerfully deadly, child-killing, planet-destroying behemoth’ which is the United States, and asked his fans and followers to join him on a rally in New York City.
Here’s what Waters wrote in the emotional video:
“I have not forgotten Julian Assange. His incarceration is a monstrous outrage. Since the summer of 1789 in Paris we have remained steadfast in rejecting the divine rights of Kings. Today we resist the hugely rich and morally corrupt, powerfully deadly, child-killing, planet-destroying behemoth, the United States of America and its acolytes in the Whitehall.
We stand outside these chambers. Clutching our pens to our bosoms. Faced with this dilemma. Either the pen is mightier than the sword, or it isn’t. If it isn’t, ‘say goodnight Gracie’ that was it, love and reason threw in the towel we are all dead. But if the pen is mightier than the sword, our friend Assange will be free. If not today tomorrow, and we will live to love and fight another day.
Roger Waters, 3rd January 2021.”
Here’s what Roger Waters wrote in the caption of his video:
Defend free speech
885 2nd Avenue NY, NY.
11 am-12 pm Today.”
You can check out the tweet that Roger Waters posted on his Twitter account below.
— Roger Waters (@rogerwaters) January 3, 2021