‘Is this a Labour party or a party of the elite?’ Right-wing Labour leader bundled into car to avoid questions about attacks on rights and victimisation of journalist Julian Assange
Keir Starmer has been bundled into a police car to escape angry shouts of ‘traitor’ – with police shoving protesters to the ground to make way for the Establishment-friendly ‘opposition’ leader.
A stony-faced Starmer did not answer questions about his targeting, as Director of Public Prosecutions, of persecuted journalist Julian Assange and his betrayal of working people:
Resistance GB is a right-wing anti-vax and anti-lockdown group that characterises itself as ‘true liberal’, but the themes shouted by protesters of the erosion of human rights and the assault on journalism in the UK will also be of concern to the left.
In 2020, Keir Starmer whipped MPs to abstain on the Tories’ bill to make police officers and agents immune from prosecution for crimes committed in the course of spying and surveillance of the public. As Director of Public Prosecutions, he ‘fast-tracked’ the Establishment’s persecution of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange began – and unnamed Crown Prosecution Service officials told Swedish counterparts ‘Don’t you dare get cold feet‘ about pursuing Assange’s extradition on sexual assault charges that country later dropped. Starmer has been criticised for making no expression of solidarity with Assange nor opposition to the assault on journalism and freedom of information that the persecution represents.
Assange’s supporters have always maintained that the case was a pretext for putting Assange in a country where he could more easily be extradited to the US. The Australian journalist nonetheless faces extradition to the US by UK courts, despite the collapse of the American case against him when the US government’s key witness admitted he had lied when he said Assange had incited him to hack US systems.
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