During the emergency Unity4J discussion, Cian Westmoreland cited his favorite quote from the novel Cloud Atlas, explaining that he first came across the book and quote while serving in Afghanistan. He said that the passage emphasized the importance of even the smallest actions in shaping our future. The statement is intensely apt in describing the current fight for Assange’s safety. Each of our individual small acts – and equally our small inactions, will shape our collective future in determining whether the integrity of free speech is protected, and whether Assange will one day go free.
With his sixth anniversary since seeking asylum is the Embassy rapidly approaching, pressure has escalated on the Ecuadorian government to resolve the situation in a humane manner.
Over the last few weeks, the Catalonian independence movement has provoked escalating and severe reactions from Spanish authorities, despite up to one million protestors taking to the streets of Barcelona. That a member state of the European Union would be able to treat its citizens in such a manner without consequence is deeply troubling.