Activists Hold Picnic in London to Celebrate Julian Assange’s 50th Birthday

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The participants held the picnic at London’s Parliament Square to send their best wishes to Assange and draw the parliament's attention to his detention.
Julian Assange supporters gathered at London’s Parliament Square to celebrate his 50th birthday, noting that it's his tenth birthday held whilst deprived of his freedom. The WikiLeaks founder is spending the day in a UK prison as the authorities consider the US' request for his extradition.
The picnic's participants maintained social distancing and laid out posters on the grass emblazoned with messages demanding Assange be freed. 
Check out Sputnik's photo gallery to find out how the activists celebrated the big day.
 
© REUTERS / Henry NichollsAssange faces up to 175 years in solitary confinement inside a top security American prison if convicted in the US.

Above: A cake for Assange.
Assange faces up to 175 years in solitary confinement inside a top security American prison if convicted in the US.Above: A cake for Assange. - Sputnik International
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Assange faces up to 175 years in solitary confinement inside a top security American prison if convicted in the US.

Above: A cake for Assange.
© AFP 2022 / Niklas Halle'nPartner of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Stella Moris, (C), with their children Gabriel (L) and Max.
Partner of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Stella Moris, (C), with their children Gabriel (L) and Max. - Sputnik International
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Partner of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Stella Moris, (C), with their children Gabriel (L) and Max.
© REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
The US wants the whistleblower for espionage after WikiLeaks published thousands of secret files and classified information that shed light on war crimes committed by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Above: The picnic.
The US wants the whistleblower for espionage after WikiLeaks published thousands of secret files and classified information that shed light on war crimes committed by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.Above: The picnic. - Sputnik International
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The US wants the whistleblower for espionage after WikiLeaks published thousands of secret files and classified information that shed light on war crimes committed by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Above: The picnic.
© REUTERS / Henry NichollsFashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined in.
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined in. - Sputnik International
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Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined in.
© REUTERS / Henry NichollsA person wears a mask during the picnic.
A person wears a mask during the picnic. - Sputnik International
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A person wears a mask during the picnic.
© REUTERS / Henry NichollsThe WikiLeaks founder was arrested in London on April 11, 2019, and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaking his bail in 2012, when he took refuge inside the Ecuadorean embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was facing sexual assault charges which were later dropped.

Above: Musicians perform during the picnic.
The WikiLeaks founder was arrested in London on April 11, 2019, and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaking his bail in 2012, when he took refuge inside the Ecuadorean embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was facing sexual assault charges which were later dropped.Above: Musicians perform during the picnic. - Sputnik International
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The WikiLeaks founder was arrested in London on April 11, 2019, and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaking his bail in 2012, when he took refuge inside the Ecuadorean embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was facing sexual assault charges which were later dropped.

Above: Musicians perform during the picnic.
© AFP 2022 / Niklas Halle'nStella Moris with their children cuts a birthday cake during a picnic in Parliament Square with her children.
Stella Moris with their children cuts a birthday cake during a picnic in Parliament Square with her children.  - Sputnik International
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Stella Moris with their children cuts a birthday cake during a picnic in Parliament Square with her children.
© AFP 2022 / Niklas Halle'nIn January, UK district judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled not to extradite Assange to the United States, citing health reasons and the risk of suicide in the US prison system, but decided that he must wait in prison for the outcome of an appeal filed by US prosecutors.

Above: British designer Vivienne Westwood speaks after cutting a birthday.
In January, UK district judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled not to extradite Assange to the United States, citing health reasons and the risk of suicide in the US prison system, but decided that he must wait in prison for the outcome of an appeal filed by US prosecutors.Above: British designer Vivienne Westwood speaks after cutting a birthday. - Sputnik International
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In January, UK district judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled not to extradite Assange to the United States, citing health reasons and the risk of suicide in the US prison system, but decided that he must wait in prison for the outcome of an appeal filed by US prosecutors.

Above: British designer Vivienne Westwood speaks after cutting a birthday.
© AFP 2022 / Niklas Halle'nMoris and Assange's children stand in front of the posters, saying "Free Assange."
Moris and Assange's children stand in front of the posters, saying Free Assange. - Sputnik International
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Moris and Assange's children stand in front of the posters, saying "Free Assange."
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