Rotting In Jail’: Thousands March For Julian Assange’s Release, Brother Urges Anthony Albanese To Act

A large crowd took to the streets of Melbourne’s city center, advocating for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Since 2019, Assange, a 51-year-old from Australia, has been detained in Belmarsh prison in London following his eviction from the Ecuadorian embassy.

He is currently embroiled in an extensive legal fight to evade being sent to the United States, where he faces charges related to espionage.

In Melbourne, demonstrators walked the city’s thoroughfares and created a human chain on a bridge in Southbank on Saturday morning, urging the Australian government to step in.

Gabriel Shipton, Assange’s brother, expressed to AAP the public’s anticipation that the Prime Minister and his administration will secure Julian’s release. He referenced the Prime Minister’s pre-election remarks, where he stated “enough is enough” and questioned the benefit of Assange’s continued incarceration, viewing them as a promise.

Shipton criticized the current government for its inaction, noting that despite their tenure, Assange remains confined.

He advocated for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to directly engage with U.S. President Joe Biden, arguing for the dismissal of the charges and extradition proceedings against Assange.

He emphasized that a direct appeal to President Biden could result in Assange’s release.

What’s the latest on Julian Assange’s case?

In June, Priti Patel, who was the United Kingdom’s home secretary at the time, gave the green light for Assange’s extradition to the United States.

Subsequently, in August, Assange’s legal representatives lodged an appeal, contending that his prosecution and punishment are based on his political beliefs.

The United States has levied 17 espionage charges against Mr. Assange, in addition to one charge of computer misuse, following WikiLeaks’ dissemination of a vast trove of confidential military and diplomatic documents.

The protest in Melbourne against Assange’s continued detention was part of a global series of demonstrations that took place on Saturday.

Shipton found the worldwide support for Assange’s plight encouraging, stating that such demonstrations are a testament to the growing movement in support of Assange’s cause.

He emphasized the determination to continue advocating for Assange, declaring, “We’re not going to stop. We are not going to be quiet.”

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