Photos: Rally to support WikiLeaks in Vancouver

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      Around 50 people came out this afternoon (January 15) to a rally held in Vancouver to support WikiLeaks.

      Organized by the Pirate Party of Canada, the protest took place at Library Square.

      Speakers called for open government, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and net neutrality.

      They also expressed support for WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange, who is under house arrest in the U.K., and Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of leaking classified documents to the whistleblower website.

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      Jan 15, 2011 at 7:20pm

      50 people?


      Jan 16, 2011 at 2:47am

      Stealing documents = freedom of speech? LMAO. We should publish private documents from some of these losers - maybe last year's income tax forms, if any of them actually filed :)


      Jan 16, 2011 at 9:44am

      They don't steal the documents...they are journalists that publish what is given to them. They do what any other journalist would do, they report on governments in an attempt to keep them honest.

      Your comment further proves your own ignorance.


      Jan 16, 2011 at 11:19am

      I wish this protest was promoted more, I think there would have been more people. I for one had no idea about it.


      Jan 16, 2011 at 12:28pm

      The small crowd present at the rally does not devalue the message that they were sending, if anything it reveals how apathy and obsessive materialism are the dominant modes of modern life.
      Wikileaks only exists because of the nature of modern political and diplomatic systems.


      Jan 16, 2011 at 3:35pm

      There will be more protests set up in the future, there is now a face-book page which has been set up for precisely that reason. Just search "Pirate Party Vancouver", it should be an open group. If you wish invite your friends the more people the stronger the message we get across to the general public as-well as the government.


      Jan 16, 2011 at 4:56pm

      There is a difference between government transparency and personal privacy.

      If the very low rated comment above was actually an expression of someone's true opinion, I pity their shallow understanding. Smells like a troll to me.


      Jan 16, 2011 at 8:29pm

      wow, really good photography, clear strong messages, go wikileaks

      Oliver Samuda

      Jan 17, 2011 at 3:47am

      There will absolutely be more rallies in the future, and if any of you want to come down we'd appreciate it to no end. Anybody wanna speak? Join the Facebook group, and just ask. We're pretty cool dudes, and we'd love some intelligent discourse. And to the poor chump that thinks releasing information that should be free is a form of theft, you should come to the rally too. We'd love to educate you. Just because you're wrong doesn't mean you're stupid.

      Fan'o Truth

      Jan 17, 2011 at 9:39am

      We're pretty cool dudes, and we'd love some intelligent discourse.

      The first half of the above statement is undoubtedly true -- arguably the real purpose of the rally -- and adheres to the urban fashion statement approach to political issue that is responsible for falling voter turnout among younger cohorts of electors.

      The second half of that statement is doubtful, to say the least.