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Over 80,000 of you have signed our #FreeAssange petition. Thank you so much for your support for our campaign. RSF remains fully involved and continues to call for the release of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange as his US extradition hearing continues in London this week.
Ahead of the start of the hearing on Monday morning, RSF representatives, along with Assange’s partner Stella Moris, attempted to deliver the petition to 10 Downing Street calling on the UK authorities not to extradite Assange to the US. Unfortunately, 10 Downing Street refused to accept it and we were turned away.
Ahead of the start of the hearing, RSF along with @StellaMoris1, attempted to deliver the petition at 10 Downing Street calling for the #UK authorities not to extradite #Assange to the #US. Unfortunately, 10 Downing Street refused to accept it.#FreeAssange pic.twitter.com/LMaJQ0pg8S
— RSF (@RSF_inter) September 8, 2020
Instead we have sent the petition directly to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and we brought a huge banner with your 80,000 signatures to the Old Bailey court so that our call cannot be ignored.
Despite severe access restrictions on NGO observers, RSF representatives have managed to gain access to the court for part of each day’s proceedings in the ongoing extradition hearing. We will continue to seek access and monitor proceedings throughout this process, which is expected to last for three to four weeks.
We reiterate our call for Julian Assange to be released, for the charges against him to be dropped, and for him not to be extradited to the US. Our petition will remain open as long as the UK proceedings continue.