Cyclists come out in support of Julian Assange in Mexico
As dozens of cyclists protested in Mexico City in support of the WikiLeaks founder, they chanted "resist!".
Dozens of cyclists protested on Sunday in Mexico City, chanting "resist!" in support of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, who is wanted by the United States for alleged crimes of "espionage".
Assange's father and brother, who were invited by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to attend the Independence Day celebration, were present at the demonstration in Mexico,
The demonstration targeted the US and UK embassies in the central neighborhood of the Mexican capital. Assange’s father referred to the visit that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will make to Mexico City on September 12.
“Blinken travels around the world saying that freedom of expression is one of the main concerns of Washington, but they continue to persecute Julian Assange, they want to take him from the United Kingdom to the United States to sentence him to 175 years in prison. Julian is a world symbol of freedom of expression,” he said.
The groups of protesters wore yellow vests with “free Assange” written and demanded an end to the persecution of the journalist, who they encouraged by shouting “Julian, resist!”.
“The Assange case has been very manipulated, it has been very demonized, very hidden by the mass media (…), this is our small contribution to be able to show that little seed in people, who ask themselves, come closer, investigate," Edith Cabrera, of the collective F21 in defense of the founder of WikiLeaks, affirmed.
The Australian can be sentenced in the United States to 175 years in prison if he is found guilty of disclosing - in 2010, on his website WikiLeaks - more than 700,000 confidential documents about US war crimes, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since 2019, Assange has been detained in Belmarsh High-Security Prison, southeast of London. The British government has already granted his extradition, but the journalist filed an appeal.
Assange's legal team has "perfected grounds of appeal" against the US and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, who ordered his extradition in June, in the UK's high court, according to WikiLeaks. Assange’s lawyers argue he is “being prosecuted and punished for his political opinions."
Julian Assange's lawyer recently cited suicide as a possible outcome if the Australian is extradited to the #US on his espionage charges.— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) October 30, 2021
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