A protest exterior the UK parliament is ready to step up calls for for the discharge from jail of WikiLeaks founder, Australian Julian Assange.
Campaigners and supporters will march by central London as Assange faces extradition to the USA, the place he fears being imprisoned for the remainder of his life.
He has been held in London’s high-security Belmarsh Jail for greater than 4 years as he fights extradition.
Audio system on the Parliament Sq. occasion embody Assange’s spouse, Stella, alongside a sculpture referred to as Something To Say, which options life-sized bronze figures of whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Assange and Chelsea Manning, every standing on their very own particular person chair.
Adjoining to them is an empty chair, representing the final inhabitants, encouraging everybody to “get up as an alternative of sit just like the others”.
The sculpture has been displayed in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, Serbia and Australia.
Writer and broadcaster Charles Glass conceived the thought, delivered to life by Italian artist Davide Dormino.
“As an artist, I really feel I’ve an obligation to defend freedom of speech and the appropriate to know,” Dormino stated.
“That’s the reason I’ve created an empty chair, which permits us to face taller and lift ourselves.
“It adjustments our perspective and prompts us to look past what we’re proven and what’s hidden.”
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