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on Julian Assange’s 51st birthday, protesters demand his release — RT in French

At the call for the gathering of several organizations, a rally was held on July 3 in Paris, Place de la République to demand the release of Julian Assange. The date coincides with the WikiLeaks founder’s 51st birthday.

On the occasion of Julian Assange’s birthday on July 3, 2022, several organizations called to gather in Paris to demand his release as the United Kingdom validated his extradition to the United States. This date coincides with the 51st birthday of the founder of WikiLeaks.

The demonstrators gathered on the Place de la République, brandishing signs on which one could read various calls for respect for freedom of the press in addition to those on the founder of WikiLeaks. “His freedom is our freedom”, “Freedom!”, “Asylum for Julian Assange” were thus particularly visible.

Among the organizations that have called for mobilization are among others the human rights leaguethe association Acrimedor the National Union of Journalists.

Julien Assange decided to appeal the decision on his extradition to the United States on July 1. British justice has indeed confirmed that a “notification from Julian Assange to appeal the Home Office’s decision to extradite him has been received”.

The Australian faces 175 years in prison if extradited. He is notably accused of having published thousands of confidential documents relating to the action of the American army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of these documents highlighted war crimes. Rich in twists and turns, the ordeal that Julian Assange is going through has been denounced by many political, cultural and media personalities. The work carried out by the Australian national, which has made possible the most massive leaks of information of general interest of the 21st century, has also earned him numerous journalism awards around the world.

Contrasting with the press releases, forums, petitions and other punch actions organized in support of the founder of WikiLeaks, the Assange case has on the other hand come up against the deafening silence of Western chancelleries, however not timorous in the matter on other files.

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