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Assange supporters demonstrate in London against his extradition

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Hundreds of people demonstrated Saturday in London under the slogan “release Assange” to protest against the possibility of extraditing the founder of WikiLeaks two days before the British judiciary began examining the request of the United States, which wants to be tried for espionage.

The crowd gathered near the Australian embassy headquarters before walking through the streets of London, holding up banners reading “Don’t touch Assange” and “Journalism is not a crime.”

“Shame on you, Boris Johnson,” the protesters chanted as they passed by the Prime Minister headquarters.

Among the supporting personalities of Assange are former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

“I don’t understand why Julian is being held,” Assange’s father John Shepton said, condemning “arbitrary detention.”

Assange, 48, has been imprisoned in Belmarsh prison, south of London, since his arrest in April 2019 at the Ecuadorian embassy to which he sought refuge seven years ago.

He is being prosecuted in the United States on charges of espionage, is demanding that Washington extradite him and could face up to 175 years in prison.

And the US authorities are taking him at risk of exposing some of their sources when publishing about 250,000 diplomatic cables and 500,000 classified documents related to the activities of the American army in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010.

On Saturday, he called “everyone to open a fight for Assange” criticizing the “black power” that strikes all who want “truth and transparency”.

Recently, Reporters Without Borders supported Assange and launched a petition signed by Saturday afternoon, 40,000 people.

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