DAY X is here. Gather Tuesday, February 20, 12 Noon @ UK CONSULATE, 885 Second Avenue and 47th Street, NYC

Organized by NYC Free Assange, Assange Defense, Stand With Assange NY, Assange Countdown to Freedom, CODEPINK, Socialist Action

Today marks the beginning of award-winning journalist Julian Assange’s two-day hearing in the UK High Court in London. This could be the final chance to stop his extradition to the US where he faces up to 175 years in prison.

It is not an overstatement to say that Julian’s life is at stake.

The hearing will determine whether Julian will have further opportunity to argue his case in the UK courts or whether he will be extradited to the US.

In the lead-up to the hearing, calls to halt Julian’s extradition have been expressed across the world. Including calls from human rights organisations, civil liberties groups, US law professors and a UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. 75 German MPs have signed a letter demanding Julian’s release.

Last week Australian Federal MPs displayed an unprecedented level of political support for Julian. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie on behalf of the Bring Julian Assange Home Parliamentary Group submitted a motion calling for Julian to be allowed to safely return to Australia. The motion passed with 86 votes in favour including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s.

Andrew Wilkie MP will be in London for Julian’s hearing to crucially communicate that the majority of Australians and the Australian government want the persecution of Julian to end.