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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:22 PM

Forthcoming Assange speech to the Oxford Union mired in controversy

Sebastian Salek
Friday 11 January 2013

Oxford students are planning demonstrations in reaction to the news that Julian Assange has been invited to speak at the Oxford Union Society ...

Last year, Assange cancelled his talk at the Cambridge Union over a week before he was scheduled to appear, citing technical difficulties with the video link. It later emerged that he would address a conference in Germany on the same day instead.

Suzanne Holsomback, the Vice President (Women) of the Oxford University Students' Union (OUSU), told the Independent: "The Oxford Union Society's invitation to Julian Assange glorifies his past and neglects the reality that he is unwilling to face his European Arrest Warrant, as well as allegations of rape from the criminal justice system of Sweden.

"Using a fugitive of justice is deliberately provocative and is clearly an exercise in sensationalism on the part of the Oxford Union Society" ...


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