Yesterday Julian Assange gave his opinion of the separatist coup in Catalonia, putting on the side of the coup. He did so in a message equating Spain with the Chinese communist dictatorship.
Have Spanish tanks killed hundreds of people in Catalonia?
Assange used the famous photo of the tanks on Tiananmen Square during the 1989 massacre, a democratic protest brutally suppressed by the Chinese communist dictatorship, with hundreds dead and thousands injured.
Spain, this will not work in Catalonia. The Catalan people have a right to self-determination. Arrests only unify and strengthen them. pic.twitter.com/mRYBdRroHz
— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) 9 de septiembre de 2017
It is a full-blown slander that Assange compares what happened in China in 1989 with the Spain of 2017. In our country, the Government, elected at the polls, is carrying out a legal, democratic and peaceful action to prevent a regional government from jumping constitutional legality. In Spain we have a constitution democratically voted by the Spaniards (including Catalans), and Assange intends that to break the law and violate that democratic framework come out free.
The Tiananmen massacre is being repeated in Venezuela
There is a situation that is comparable with that of Tiananmen and 1989. In Venezuela the socialist government of Maduro has used lethal force to repress the manifestations of the democratic opposition. The bloody repression ordered by the dictator has resulted in more than 130 murders and 4,000 wounded. It was precisely in April that a situation very similar to that of the famous Tiananmen photo was produced in Caracas: a woman confronted the Bolivarian National Guard with armored vehicles alone. The images circled the world, and many noted their great resemblance to what happened in China.
Behind with the demagogic example used by Assange to attack the defense of the rule of law in Spain, it is logical to ask: did Assange use the same image to refer to Venezuela?
Assange has not dedicated a tweet to criticize the dictatorship of Maduro
The answer is easy to find. A simple search in his account of Twitter reveals that the founder of Wikileaks has not dedicated a single tweet to criticize the dictatorship of Maduro, nor to denounce the brutal repression of that socialist regime against the democratic opposition, nor the arrest of civilians in military prisons, nor the torture of detainees by that dictatorship. The reason for the Wikileaks founder's silence on these crimes is easy to guess: Assange has been a refugee for five years at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, with permission from Correa, one of the main allies of Maduro's dictatorship. While presuming to be champion of freedom of expression and political transparency, Assange is silent as a grave to the crimes perpetrated by the most corrupt government in Latin America.
In March the founder of Wikileaks dedicated praise to Hugo Chávez
In fact, to date, and despite the dramatic situation that Venezuelans suffer - not only in relation to their freedoms, but also in economic terms - Wikileaks has not published a single leak that could harm the Venezuelan government. Rather, it has attempted to tarnish the image of the democratic opposition. This alignment in favor of the Venezuelan dictatorship has a clear ideological background: in March Assange dedicated high praise to Hugo Chávez, calling him "a man who fought broadly and hard against imperialism, neocolonialism and other forms of oppression of peoples, especially in Latin America." In a statement sent to a congress in Caracas, which made clear why his portal does not filter anything from certain populist regimes, Assange thanked his support for "Ecuador and other states, including Venezuela, who have come together to support me". And with all the cheekiness he added: "My struggle can become a successful story for freedom of speech and human rights." And what about freedom of speech and human rights in Venezuela?
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