UK: Fashion designer suspends herself in bird cage in support of Julian Assange

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood suspended herself in a giant birdcage outside the Criminal Court of England in London, on Tuesday, to protest the potential extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. Westwood, dressed in a yellow trouser suit, enacted the metaphor of the canary in the coal mine, saying, «I am Julian Assange. I am the canary in the cage. If I die down the coal mine from poisonous gas, that's the signal for all the miners to leave.» Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison in May 2019 for breaching his bail conditions to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations. The Wikileaks co-founder's will learn on September 7 whether he is to be extradited to the United States.


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