• Monday, Sep 26, 2022
  • Last Update : 09:24 am

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd joins Assange supporters in London protest march

  • Published at 10:00 am February 23rd, 2020
Roger Waters-Pink Floyd- at protest march for Assange
File photo: Singer Roger Waters speaks during a protest against the extradition of Julian Assange, at the Parliament Square in London, Britain, on Saturday | Reuters

Waving placards declaring 'Journalism is not a crime' and 'The truth will set you free,' the protesters on Saturday marched from Australia House to Parliament Square where they were addressed by Assange’s father, John Shipton

Hundreds of people including Roger Waters, co-founder of the Pink Floyd rock group, and designer Vivienne Westwood, marched through central London on Saturday demanding that jailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange be released.

A London court begins hearings on Monday to decide whether the Australian-born Assange should be extradited to the United States, almost a decade after WikiLeaks enraged Washington by publishing secret US documents.

The 48-year-old, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy before being dragged out last April, is wanted by the US on 18 criminal counts of conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law and could spend decades in prison if convicted.

A hero to admirers who say he has exposed abuses of power, Assange is cast by critics as a dangerous enemy of the state who has undermined Western security. He says the extradition is politically motivated by those embarrassed by his revelations.

Waving placards declaring “Journalism is not a crime” and “The truth will set you free," the protesters on Saturday marched from Australia House to Parliament Square where they were addressed by Assange’s father, John Shipton.

Shipton has said Assange’s long confinement indoors has damaged his health and fears that sending his son to the United States would be akin to a death sentence.

On Thursday, Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, said Assange should not be extradited because it would have a chilling effect on press freedom.

On Friday, Assange lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti told Europe 1 radio that Assange’s legal team would be in contact with French President Emmanuel Macron to make the case for Assange to get asylum in France.

Assange has said his youngest child and the child’s mother are French but a previous asylum request was rejected by France in 2015.

Hopes briefly rose among Assange’s supporters this week on reports that he might even get a pardon from US President Donald Trump.

But the White House was quick to deny that Trump had offered to pardon Assange if he were to say that the Russians were not involved in an email leak that damaged Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign against Trump.

The extradition hearings at Woolwich Crown Court will be held in two parts, with the second section not starting until May to allow both sides more time to gather evidence.

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail