The video of the arrest shows Julian Assange sporting a long white beard, forcefully led down the steps outside the building, with police officers waiting to pick him up and take him away from what has been his place of refuge for the past seven years.
During his stay at the embassy, Assange has been reported to suffer from health complications due to being confined indoors for many years without the possibility of leave the building in central London for fear of being arrested and extradited to the United States.
Social media users didn't fail to notice Assange's frail and scruffy look as he was arrested by the police on Thursday.
Does this Assange meme work? pic.twitter.com/Bjx1ARQUei— Slippers Ex Machina (@MegaSlippers) April 11, 2019
Julian Assange getting dragged out the embassy has created a top tier meme template pic.twitter.com/dOEtXSXQPQ— Ryan Elliott (@skeltoro) April 11, 2019
Arsenal at home vs Arsenal away pic.twitter.com/sQriFpr522— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) April 11, 2019
BREAKING: Police arrest Farage and Assange at Ecuadorian embassy in London pic.twitter.com/XOLaMcnDjN— Eddie Torrent (@EddieTorrent) April 11, 2019
Some users suggested Assange looked like a character from the Mary Poppins film, while others likened him to the US presenter David Letterman.
Julian Assange appears to have turned into the old banker from Mary Poppins. pic.twitter.com/Z0mKLjPEj3— Scott John (@Scott_John) April 11, 2019
Julian Assange following David Letterman into "I'm unemployed and DGAF" I see pic.twitter.com/RDFwH63JBd— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) April 11, 2019
Uncle Albert trending because of Julian Assange's beard is pure 2011 Twitter. A welcome return for it. pic.twitter.com/OtQcHcvIbH— Jamie Fewery (@jamiefewery) April 11, 2019
The whistleblower was also compared by users to a children's book character and Santa Claus.
Can't be the only one thinking that Julian Assange now looks like the character Big Ears, from Noddy. pic.twitter.com/GnrmAMQPie— anTifa Lockheart (@Jamesworkshop) April 11, 2019
Following Assange's arrest earlier on Thursday, the UK police confirmed that it had been made "on behalf of the United States authorities." Ecuador had withdrawn asylum it had earlier granted to Assange, as well revoking his citizenship.