Daniel Bateman – Townsville Bulletin – August 10, 2012
PLANS to erect a monument to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will be discussed at a special event held in his honour this weekend.
The Nobel Peace Prize nominee is holed up in the Ecuador’s embassy in London, and seeking asylum in the South American country to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is accused of sexual assault.
A decision as to whether he will be granted asylum is expected to be made after Sunday.
Mr Assange, 41, who was born in Townsville in 1971, lived on Magnetic Island with his mother Christine. He has described growing up on the island as being akin to “Tom Sawyer.”
Islanders are hosting a picnic at Picnic Bay on Sunday, to voice their support for the freedom of information fighter, the Townsville Bulletin reports.
They will also discuss plans to erect a monument to Mr Assange, to mark his childhood island home, and as a symbol of his battle for truth and justice.
Local activist David “Crusty” Herron, who in the past has floated the idea of Wikileaks-inspired public urinal in the past, believed a proper monument was still a good idea.
“He’s an award-winning journalist, who has shown the little bloke that he can’t be pushed around,” he said.