Weekend Reads Artist Ai Weiwei silently protests for Assange's release

16:15  28 september  2020
16:15  28 september  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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L'artiste et dissident chinois Ai Weiwei proteste pour demander la libération de Julian Assange devant le tribunal londonien de l'Old Bailey le 28 septembre 2020 © DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei protests to demand Julian Assange's release in London's Old Bailey court on September 28 2020

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei protested in silence on Monday to demand the release of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in London's Old Bailey court, where the examination of his extradition request ends this week .

Ai Weiwei stood up silently, hand over mouth, revealing a pink T-shirt on which he could be seen fingering the 49-year-old Australian, above the message "Free Assange".

"Let him be a free person," the artist told reporters, arguing that the founder of Wikileaks, whom he has visited several times, "represented the core value of what we are fighting for: freedom of the press".

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Julian Assange is claimed by the American justice which wants to judge him in particular for espionage. He faces 175 years in prison for having disseminated, from 2010, more than 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ai Weiwei, who himself spent 81 days in detention in 2011 after his criticism of the Chinese regime, explains that he chose a silent demonstration out of the desire not to "repeat" because "all the words that we would like to say have already been said ".

"We need a lot of demonstrations, in different forms," ​​the Chinese dissident added. "As an artist, if I cannot use my art - which is very limited - then I prefer to remain silent".

Julian Assange was arrested in April 2019 after seven years behind the walls of the Ecuadorian diplomatic representation, where he took refuge after violating the conditions of his bail, fearing an extradition to the United States, which accuses him of endangering sources of American services.

It is up to the British courts to determine whether the American request for extradition submitted to it meets a certain number of legal criteria, and in particular if it is not disproportionate or incompatible with human rights.

Judge Vanessa Baraister has already warned that her decision would "probably be rendered after the (presidential) election in the United States" on November 3.

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© Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP A picture from better days: Julian Assange 2011. In the extradition proceedings against Julian Assange, publisher Jakob Augstein testifies. It's about the wrong handling of secrets. The betrayed password The article, which appeared on August 25, 2011, was entitled "Nerds without nerves". It sparked a chain of international upheavals that were heard in a London courtroom on Friday.

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