August 25, 2023

Virtual Political Rally To Be Held in Metaverse Against Extradition of Assange

Julien Assange

Julien Assange

The “Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign” is organizing a virtual political rally in the metaverse to garner support against the extradition of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to the United States.

Assange has been held in Belmarsh Prison in London since April 2019 and is fighting extradition to the US, where he faces charges of espionage for releasing information about the misconduct of US agencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. If convicted, he could face up to 175 years in prison.

Julian Assange and his family spearhead a campaign to gain more support against his extradition. In an effort to reach a wider audience, they have planned a virtual political rally. The United Kingdom court rejected his last appeal in June.

The rally will occur on August 26 in Wistaverse, a not-for-profit metaverse in The Sandbox ecosystem on the Polygon blockchain. The event will feature speeches from high-profile guests, including Stella Assange, Julian’s wife, Kristinn Hrafnsson, co-founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, and former leader of the UK’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. The speakers will appear as characters or with pre-recorded messages.

According to John Rees, the founder and director of the Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign, the upcoming rally aims to raise awareness about the Assange case and encourage people to participate in the protest at the court. The aim is to highlight that this is a critical moment in the case and that if the government proceeds with extradition, it could have serious implications for press freedom.

The rally will be held in a virtual auditorium that resembles the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where Assange is due to have his final appeal in the UK court system. The virtual setting, dedicated to protests and social activism, will also include a pre-recorded message from Assange.

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