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UK: Activists demand freedom for Assange after sentencing

United Kingdom, London
May 03, 2019 at 22:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

A handful of activists staged a protest in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in London on Friday, after he was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a court earlier in the day.

The protesters gathered outside a venue where Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was due to give a speech on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

"As you well know, Julian Assange is sitting in a Category A high-security prison, with other serious criminals, where he spends 23 hours out of 24 in his cell. That is a journalist who has told the truth about the British government and the United States, and he's been punished," said Kayesem, a protester.

"So Mr. Jeremy Hunt's words are hollow, are fake, hypocritical and I'm here to challenge him on that. He can come out and talk to me," she said.

Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a court in London for violating bail conditions.

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A handful of activists staged a protest in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in London on Friday, after he was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a court earlier in the day.

The protesters gathered outside a venue where Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was due to give a speech on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.

"As you well know, Julian Assange is sitting in a Category A high-security prison, with other serious criminals, where he spends 23 hours out of 24 in his cell. That is a journalist who has told the truth about the British government and the United States, and he's been punished," said Kayesem, a protester.

"So Mr. Jeremy Hunt's words are hollow, are fake, hypocritical and I'm here to challenge him on that. He can come out and talk to me," she said.

Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a court in London for violating bail conditions.

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