Ecuador: Quito residents react to Assange's granted citizenship

Residents of Quito shared their views on Ecuador’s decision to grant citizenship to whistle-blower and WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, speaking from the capital on Thursday. “It is good to declare a person a member of the diplomacy” said local Kathy Aguirre. Another resident, Jorge Fernandez agrees with Ecuador’s decision, “he should deserve international protection, and diplomatic asylum... Еще, even if the embassy wants to protect that.” A member of Ecuador’s International Centre for the study of Communication (CIESPAL), Maria Pessina believes that Assange had an “inhuman process during his entire trial” and that “his rights of defence have been violated.” Activist Eduardo Menees said that the citizenship has been granted because Assange’s life is in peril and that Ecuador must first reaffirm “the support for the human rights of a person as important as Assange.” Ecuador announced on Thursday that Julian Assange will be given an Ecuadorian citizenship. Assange has been residing in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, with British police waiting outside, ready to arrest the WikiLeaks founder for breaking his 2012 bail conditions.

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