Free Assange! Protests Call for Immediate Release of Wikileaks Founder

Published January 6th, 2021 - 08:53 GMT

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have rushed into the streets to demand the release of jailed activist in the UK after a British judge blocked his extradition to the US to face espionage charges.

Mexico has offered to give Assange a political asylum as residents have gathered in front of the British Embassy in the country to demand the freedom of the journalist.

The UK judge had blocked the request to extradite Julian Assange to the US due to concerns over Mr Assange's mental health and risk of suicide in the US.

Moreover, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said: "I'm going to ask the foreign minister to carry out the relevant procedures to request that the UK government releases Mr. Assange and that Mexico offers him political asylum."

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Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

A flag is seen during a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP

A flag is seen during a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP

A Mexican activist takes part in a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP

A Mexican activist takes part in a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP

A Mexican activist takes part in a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP

A Mexican activist takes part in a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. Tolga Akmen / AFP

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. Tolga Akmen / AFP

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

In this file photo taken on July 21, 2020 British designer Vivienne Westwood gestures from inside a giant bird-cage, suspended off the ground, in front Of the Old Bailey in central London on July 21, 2020, in protest of the extradition trial of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The legal controversies surrounding the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are now in their second decade and the divisions between his supporters and critics remain as intractable as ever. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP

In this file photo taken on July 21, 2020 British designer Vivienne Westwood gestures from inside a giant bird-cage, suspended off the ground, in front Of the Old Bailey in central London on July 21, 2020, in protest of the extradition trial of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The legal controversies surrounding the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are now in their second decade and the divisions between his supporters and critics remain as intractable as ever. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London as the court will rule on his extradition case on January 4, 2021. A London hearing is set to decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face trial over the publication of secrets relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tolga Akmen / AFP

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London as the court will rule on his extradition case on January 4, 2021. A London hearing is set to decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face trial over the publication of secrets relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tolga Akmen / AFP

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London as the court will rule on his extradition case on January 4, 2021. A London hearing is set to decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face trial over the publication of secrets relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London as the court will rule on his extradition case on January 4, 2021. A London hearing is set to decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face trial over the publication of secrets relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
A flag is seen during a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP
A Mexican activist takes part in a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP
A Mexican activist takes part in a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. Tolga Akmen / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
In this file photo taken on July 21, 2020 British designer Vivienne Westwood gestures from inside a giant bird-cage, suspended off the ground, in front Of the Old Bailey in central London on July 21, 2020, in protest of the extradition trial of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The legal controversies surrounding the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are now in their second decade and the divisions between his supporters and critics remain as intractable as ever. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London as the court will rule on his extradition case on January 4, 2021. A London hearing is set to decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face trial over the publication of secrets relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tolga Akmen / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London as the court will rule on his extradition case on January 4, 2021. A London hearing is set to decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face trial over the publication of secrets relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
A flag is seen during a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP
A flag is seen during a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP
A Mexican activist takes part in a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP
A Mexican activist takes part in a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP
A Mexican activist takes part in a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP
A Mexican activist takes part in a protest in front of the British embassy to demand the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in Mexico City, on January 4, 2021. After British justice denied the US extradition request, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered political asylum to Assange. Pedro PARDO / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. Tolga Akmen / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. Tolga Akmen / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges for publishing secret documents online on January 4, 2021. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
In this file photo taken on July 21, 2020 British designer Vivienne Westwood gestures from inside a giant bird-cage, suspended off the ground, in front Of the Old Bailey in central London on July 21, 2020, in protest of the extradition trial of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The legal controversies surrounding the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are now in their second decade and the divisions between his supporters and critics remain as intractable as ever. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP
In this file photo taken on July 21, 2020 British designer Vivienne Westwood gestures from inside a giant bird-cage, suspended off the ground, in front Of the Old Bailey in central London on July 21, 2020, in protest of the extradition trial of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The legal controversies surrounding the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are now in their second decade and the divisions between his supporters and critics remain as intractable as ever. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London as the court will rule on his extradition case on January 4, 2021. A London hearing is set to decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face trial over the publication of secrets relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tolga Akmen / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London as the court will rule on his extradition case on January 4, 2021. A London hearing is set to decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face trial over the publication of secrets relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tolga Akmen / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London as the court will rule on his extradition case on January 4, 2021. A London hearing is set to decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face trial over the publication of secrets relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange demonstrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London as the court will rule on his extradition case on January 4, 2021. A London hearing is set to decide if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face trial over the publication of secrets relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP