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Assange arrests

Verdict in Assange extradition trial expected 4 January

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Julian Assange in 2014. PHOTO: Cancillería del Ecuador, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

On 7 November, police arrested four people at the socially-distanced weekly vigil for Julian Assange in Piccadilly Circus, using new COVID-related powers granted on 3 November.

Earlier, on 3 October, police exceeded the powers they possessed at that time by dispersing the vigil. On that occasion, there were 18 people expressing solidarity with the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder.

Twice that many police were on hand, and they arrested four demonstrators, presumably to encourage the others to disperse.

The four were later released without charge. On 3 October and on 7 November, some of those arrested were told that they would be sent fixed-penalty notices by post, but it’s not clear that any have actually been sent yet.

Assange verdict

On 1 October, after hearing four weeks of evidence in Julian Assange’s extradition trial, the judge said that she will pronounce judgement on 4 January.

  • Please write a letter (not a card or postcard) to: Mr Julian Assange, DOB: 3/07/1971, HMP Belmarsh, Western Way, London SE28 0EB. You must include your full name and address on the back of the envelope.
  • The weekly vigil at Piccadilly Circus continues. www.tinyurl.com/peacenews3485
Topics: Repression | Media