Dame Vivienne Westwood hung herself in a huge bird cage outside The Old Bailey to protest Julian Assange's extradition to the United States.
Westwood, dressed in a yellow trouser suit, staged the metaphor of "The Canary In Coal Mine", which is intended to symbolize that Assange is sacrificed for the "poison" in the political system.
This morning she used a megaphone in front of the court and said, “I'm Julian Assange. I am the canary in the cage. If I die of the coal mine from poisonous gas, that's the signal for all miners to leave.
“But I'm halfway poisoned by corruption and government play on the system and legal system. I still whistle away, but 7 billion people don't know what the hell is going on. & # 39;
The 48-year-old Assange is said to have been subjected to 17 spies laws and a computer intrusion conspiracy in the United States following the release of hundreds of thousands of classified information in 2010 and 2011.
The 48-year-old Assange is said to have been subjected to 17 spies laws and a computer intrusion conspiracy in the United States following the release of hundreds of thousands of classified information in 2010 and 2011
Dame Vivienne Westwood tensed in a huge bird cage outside Old Bailey
A trailer by Julian Assange watches the fashion designer and businesswoman Dame Vivienne Westwood hang in a ten-foot-high bird cage
He is currently in London's Belmarsh prison with maximum security as the court system tries to postpone his extradition trial, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dozens of supporters gathered around the white cage this morning, shouting slogans and demanding Assagne's release.
City of London police officers and security officers from the Old Bailey were on standby when the protest took to the streets.
The designer appeared on Good Morning Britain about her stunt designed by her son Joe Corre.
She said: "I am a canary and canaries are whistleblowers.
& # 39; Julian is not exactly a whistleblower, he is the source for the publication of whistleblower information.
& # 39; He did an amazing thing when he established WikiLeaks in 2016 as a safe haven for whistleblowers.
Dame Vivienne Westwood is hung 10 feet high in a giant bird cage in protest at Julian Assange in Old Bailey
"We need the truth about Julian Assange and here I whistle the truth."
She added: "I am Julian Assange, I am the canary in the cage, he was caught by a large net, taken out of the sun and put in a cage.
The problem is that they send him to America for 175 years and want to put him in a concrete block for a prison.
"This could happen to any journalist because it is not a crime to publish the truth."
Westwood's activist son Joe Corré is behind the protest. Corré, who founded Agent Provocateur, refused an MBE in 2007 in protest against the illegal war in Iraq that Tony Blair led Britain to.
Dame Vivienne Westwood in the cage this morning to protest Julian Assange's extradition
Joe Corré says: "Julian Assange is being persecuted for telling the truth."
"The UK public and international community now need to mobilize urgently to protect him from the 175-year death sentence that awaits him in the United States."
"Assange's litigation is the most important case of our time in terms of press freedom, whistleblowers, and media accountability of those in power."
"The media, the public, the judiciary, the politicians should be outraged by his treatment."
Assange's full extradition hearing is scheduled for September 7, originally scheduled for May 18.
WikiLeaks' co-founder, John Shipton, said earlier that extraditing his son to the United States could be compared to a death sentence.
Vivienne Westwood holds a poster in her hand as she demonstrates in front of the Old Bailey in support of Julian Assange
After a press conference in downtown London in February this year, he said: “The extradition is a death sentence – it is the culmination of 10 years of lies, physiological torture of any kind.
& # 39; His condition has improved, I saw him last week.
"They have a (fitness) schedule (in Belmarsh) – you can hardly say that it is fresh air.
"There are four walls with a grille on top and you can stand in the rain."
When asked if his son's treatment was torture, Mr. Shipton said, "Definitely."
He added: “Delivery should be stopped immediately.
"If that is not done, the minister in question can call me and I will go to prison and pick Julian up because I have a home here … he has significant community support so he can come home and fight his case from house arrest or bail. It's not a problem. & # 39;
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