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UK: Journalist Pilger slams London's 'dictatorship' over treatment of Assange02:13

UK: Journalist Pilger slams London's 'dictatorship' over treatment of Assange

United Kingdom, London
September 3, 2019 at 09:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Australian journalist John Pilger heavily criticized the UK government’s treatment of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange during a rally held in London on Monday outside the UK Home Office in support of Assange.

"The behaviour of the British government towards Julian Assange is a disgrace. A profanity on the very notion of human rights. It’s no exaggeration to say that the treatment and persecution of Julian Assange is the way that dictatorships treat a political prisoner," Pilger said.

The Australian journalist went on to warn that all those who expose "the lies and crimes of our governments" are in danger of suffering the same fate as the Wikileaks co-founder.

"By defending Julian Assange we defend our most sacred rights. Speak up now or wake up one morning to the silence of a new kind of tyranny, the choice is ours," Pilger also said at the rally.

Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters also attended the rally where he performed a rendition of his famous song 'Wish You Were Here.'

Assange, who is currently serving a 50-week jail sentence for breaching his bail conditions, will face a US extradition hearing in February on charges of espionage.

UK: Journalist Pilger slams London's 'dictatorship' over treatment of Assange02:13
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Australian journalist John Pilger heavily criticized the UK government’s treatment of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange during a rally held in London on Monday outside the UK Home Office in support of Assange.

"The behaviour of the British government towards Julian Assange is a disgrace. A profanity on the very notion of human rights. It’s no exaggeration to say that the treatment and persecution of Julian Assange is the way that dictatorships treat a political prisoner," Pilger said.

The Australian journalist went on to warn that all those who expose "the lies and crimes of our governments" are in danger of suffering the same fate as the Wikileaks co-founder.

"By defending Julian Assange we defend our most sacred rights. Speak up now or wake up one morning to the silence of a new kind of tyranny, the choice is ours," Pilger also said at the rally.

Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters also attended the rally where he performed a rendition of his famous song 'Wish You Were Here.'

Assange, who is currently serving a 50-week jail sentence for breaching his bail conditions, will face a US extradition hearing in February on charges of espionage.

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