by Taylor Hudak
While an award-winning journalist spends his 48th birthday in London’s Her Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh, supporters around the world will unite in solidarity to support a truth-teller, whistleblower and activist — Julian Assange.
This collaborative initiative, #Candles4Assange, will occur in 56 cities spanning across the globe on Julian’s 48th birthday, Wednesday July 3 – with the number of cities participating increasing each day.
According to the website, #Candles4Assange is advocating for the protection of whistleblowers, the prosecution of war criminals and an end to the war on journalism.
People around the world have chosen a location and time to hold their #Candles4Assange event. Nearby supporters are encouraged to attend and light candles in honor of Julian.
In addition to bringing awareness to the important issues of our day including the consistent violations of the free press and free speech rights, this effort is a world-wide celebration of the birthday of one of the bravest men humankind has ever known.
In a world riddled in sanctions and in war, caused and perpetuated by world leaders and the powerful, what a wonder it is that citizens of a wide-range of countries can unite on a day of significance to promote a cause of which they all care so deeply.
Below is a complete list of the #Candles4Assange events to take place around the world on Wednesday July 3. Times and locations are included. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact @Candles4Assange.
Adelaide, Australia – 7pm at Parliament House
Asturias, Spain – (time not listed) at Oviedo Austurias
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Auckland, New Zealand – 12 to 1pm + Eve at US Consulate
Bere Alston, England – (time not listed) at War Memorial
Berlin, Germany – 6pm at US embassy
Boston, MA, USA – (no time or location listed)
Brisbane, Australia – (no time or location listed)
Bristol, England – (no time or location listed)
Brussels, Belgium – 6pm at Brussels Park
Canberra, Australia – 11am to 1pm at cake pamphlets Garema Place
Canberra, Australia – 4 to 8pm at Parliament Hill Lawn Candle Display
Concord, NH, USA – 4 to 6pm at NH Statehouse 107 N Main St. Concord
Denver, CO, USA – 4 to 6pm Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave (Public Sidewalk West)
Des Moines, IA, USA – 11-1pm at Cowles Commons 300 E Locust St, 50309
Durban, South Africa – (no time or location listed)
Dusseldorf, Germany – 5 to 7pm at US Consulate Willi-Becker-Allee 10 40227 Düsseldorf
Edinburgh, Scotland – (no time or location listed)
Guayaquil, Ecuador – (no time or location listed)
Helsinki, Finland – 4 to 6pm at Senate Square (website says- CHANGE LOCATION)
Invermere, Canada – (no location or time posted)
Jereuselem, Israel – (no time listed) at neve yacov, at neighborhood center
Johannesburg, South Africa – 3pm at Cnr. Olifantsfontein Rd & Lever Rd Noordwyk
Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA – (no time listed) at Big Bear Lake or Lake Arrowhead Plaza
Lake Macquarie, Australia – (no time or location listed)
Lisbon, Portugal – (no time or location listed)
Ljubljana, Slovenia – (no time or location listed)
London, England – TBC at BELMARSH PRISON on 3 July. (Trafalguar Square on the 6th July)
Luxembourg, Luxembourg – (no time or location listed)
Melbourne, Australia – 12 to 1pm at Federal Square, Cnr. Swanston & Flinders St
Mexico City, Mexico – 1pm + eve at US Embassy Paseo de la Reforma 305 Mexico City Mexico
Milan, Italy – 9pm to 12am at Comitato per la Liberazione di Julian Assange Italia meet at Piazzo Castello
Minneapolis, MN, USA – (no time or location listed)
Moscow, ID, USA – 5 to 8pm Centre of town
Nairobi, Kenya – (no time or location listed)
New York, NY, USA – 5 to 8pm at Washington Park Square
Paris, France – 4:30 to 8:30pm (no location listed)
Perth, Australia – (no time or location listed)
Port Elizabeth, South Africa – (no time or location listed)
Portland, OR, USA – (no time or location listed)
Quito, Ecuador – (no time or location listed)
Rockhampton, Australia – 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Riverbank beside Boathouse Restaurant, 189 Quay St, 4700 Rockhampton Australia
Saint-Nazaire, France – 6:30pm at Place du commando #TouteLaFranceAvecAssange
Salta, Argentina – (no time or location listed)
San Francisco, CA, USA — *NB* 4 July 1pm at Mission Delores Park
Sebastopol, CA, USA – (no time or location listed)
Seoul, South Korea – (no time or location listed)
Strasbourg, France – (no time or location listed)
Sydney, Australia – 3 to 5pm & 10pm at Sydney Town Hall, Martin Place Ampitheatre
Tallinn, Estonia – 10pm at Kadrioru kunstimuuseum Tallinn 10127
Tampere, Finland – 4 to 6pm at Ylävitonen
Toronto, Canada – (no time or location listed)
Tripoli, Libya – (no time or location listed)
Tulsa, OK, USA – (no time or location listed)
Turin, Italy – (no time listed) location listed as kuntmuuseum Tallinn, Estonia
Washington DC, USA – (no time or location listed)
Wellington, New Zealand – 5 to 8pm at US Embassy Lawn, 29 Fitzherbert St.
Yerevan, Armenia – (no time or location listed)