UK: Vivienne Westwood joins calls for Ecuador to reconnect Assange’s internet

British fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood voiced her support for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday, calling for his internet to be reconnected. Westwood called Assange «one of the greatest heroes in the world» a day after the Ecuadorian Embassy cut off his internet access and prohibited him from receiving visitors. «We’re... Еще very concerned about the fact that can’t have visitors at the moment and it’s really important that he’s got access to the world by all the exposures that he manages to do,» she said. Assange’s ability to communicate with the outside world was allegedly cut off as a result of a critical tweet about the arrest of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont which compared modern Germany to the Nazis, a source says. Assange compared Germany’s decision to arrest Puigdemont to that made by Nazi Germany, when it arrested Catalan leader Lluis Companys and handed him over to the fascist Spanish government of Francisco Franco. The hashtag 'ReconnectJulian' was spread on Twitter, after the Ecuadorian government posted a statement on Twitter saying «the Ecuadorian government believes Assange's behaviour, through his messages on social media, puts at risk the good relations this country maintains with the UK, the rest of the EU and other nations.» Assange has been residing in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 and has since been granted Ecuadorian citizenship.

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