Members of the French Yellow Vest protest movement organised a demonstration outside of Belmarsh prison in solidarity with incarcerated publisher Julian Assange on 25 January. Two coaches with a hundred people from different French cities departed from Paris at 8pm on Friday evening and arrived the next morning in Woolwich, South East London.
Corinne Henry, a Yellow Vest organiser, told The Canary that the movement formed a Facebook group to keep people informed about Assange’s situation. The WikiLeaks founder faces up to 175 years in prison in the US on charges relating to his role in publishing classified documents which revealed alleged war crimes perpetrated by US forces in Iraq.
“In France they don’t even know that he is in Belmarsh”
It’s “very important to democracy to tell the truth”, Henry said. She argued that Assange remains in Belmarsh maximum security prison for doing just that, and stressed:
[In France] people think that Julian [Assange] is now free. They don’t even know that he is in Belmarsh… Mainstream [news] never speak about Julian.