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UK: Roger Waters performs at rally in support of Assange in London

United Kingdom, London
September 02, 2019 at 20:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters performed the song ‘Wish You Were Here’ at a rally in support of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, outside the UK Home Office in the heart of London on Monday.

“How do we put ourselves in the position of Julian Assange in solitary confinement? Or with that kid in Syria, or Palestine, or Rohingya, blown to bits by these people in this building here [pointing at the office of British Home Secretary Priti Patel]?,” asked Waters while speaking to the crowd, before performing.

A banner reading "Don't Extradite Assange" adorned the front of the stage from which Waters performed the famous song from 1995.

Before Waters took to the stage, Assange’s brother, Gabriel Shipton, spoke of his last visit to Assange in Belmarsh prison. “It had been a year since I’d seen him last. I hugged him and he told me this place he was in, was hell. I instantly understood what he meant,” Gabriel said.

Assange, who is currently serving a 50-week jail sentence for breaching his bail conditions, will face a US extradition hearing in February.

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Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters performed the song ‘Wish You Were Here’ at a rally in support of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, outside the UK Home Office in the heart of London on Monday.

“How do we put ourselves in the position of Julian Assange in solitary confinement? Or with that kid in Syria, or Palestine, or Rohingya, blown to bits by these people in this building here [pointing at the office of British Home Secretary Priti Patel]?,” asked Waters while speaking to the crowd, before performing.

A banner reading "Don't Extradite Assange" adorned the front of the stage from which Waters performed the famous song from 1995.

Before Waters took to the stage, Assange’s brother, Gabriel Shipton, spoke of his last visit to Assange in Belmarsh prison. “It had been a year since I’d seen him last. I hugged him and he told me this place he was in, was hell. I instantly understood what he meant,” Gabriel said.

Assange, who is currently serving a 50-week jail sentence for breaching his bail conditions, will face a US extradition hearing in February.

W/S Banner reading "Don't Extradite Assange", London

M/S Gabriel Shipton, Julian Assange's brother, approaching microphone *NO CUTAWAY AT SOURCE*

SOT, Gabriel Shipton, Julian Assange's brother: “Last month, I went to visit my brother Julian in Belmarsh prison. It had been a year since I’d seen him last. I hugged him and he told me this place he was in was hell. I instantly understood what he meant. The yellow inmate’s armband wrapped around his arm exposed how emaciated he’d become underneath his baggy prison clothes. In his eyes and voice, were the signs that ‘this hell’ was working its hardest at crushing any hope he had left. This visit, we didn't laugh. There was nothing to laugh about. I held back tears as I realised this could been one of the last times I see him."

M/S Roger Waters entering stage, hugging Australian investigative journalist John Pilger

SOT, Roger Waters, Pink Floyd musician: “How do we put ourselves in the position of Julian Assange in solitary confinement? Or with that kid in Syria, or Palestine, or Rohingya, blown to bits by these people in this building here [pointing at the office of UK Home Secretary Priti Patel]?”

M/S Crowd applauding *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Roger Waters, Pink Floyd musician: “It’s called ‘empathy’ and it is the most valuable thing that any human being can possess in their lives. And the reason why it is so valuable to all of you here, me, John [Pilger], anybody involved in any of these movements, is because it brings us joy.”

W/S Crowd *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Roger Waters, Pink Floyd musician: "Free Julian Assange."

Crowd: "Free Julian Assange."

SOT, Roger Waters, Pink Floyd musician: "Good man. Thank you."

W/S Crowd

M/S Waters playing guitar, crowd cheering

W/S Crowd *CUTAWAY*

M/S Waters singing

M/S Waters singing

W/S Crowd *CUTAWAY*

M/S Waters singing

W/S Crowd *CUTAWAY*

M/S Waters finishing performance, crowd cheering

M/S Waters thanking the crowd *UPSOUND*: "Thank you so much. Julian Assange, we are with you. Free Julian Assange."

W/S Waters entering car and leaving

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