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Assange supporters form human chain around UK parliament

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A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a placard as opposite the Houses of Parliament, in London, on October 8, 2022, during a demonstration to protest against the detention of Assange. (Photo: AFP)

LONDON — Around a thousand people formed a human chain around the UK parliament in London on Saturday, demanding the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.اضافة اعلان

The Australian-born publisher has been held in a high-security London prison since 2019, and is currently appealing against a decision to extradite him to the US.

He is wanted by US authorities to face trial for allegedly violating the US Espionage Act by publishing classified military and diplomatic files in 2010, related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The 51-year-old could face decades in jail if found guilty.

His case has become a cause celebre for media freedom and his supporters accuse Washington of trying to muzzle reporting of legitimate security concerns.

Supporters in London held life size cut-outs of Assange, along with posters reading “Free Assange, end extradition”, “journalism is not a crime” and “prosecute war crimes, not Assange”.

The chain formed outside the front of the Houses of Parliament, spanned the River Thames over Westminster Bridge before winding itself along the river opposite the historic building.

Another protest took place in Zagreb, Croatia.


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