The bronze sculpture Anything To Say? was on display in Parliament Square on Saturday.
Italian artist Davide Domino has created life-size bronze statues of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, all standing on chairs, with an empty fourth chair next to them for members of the public to stand in solidarity.
The statue is a defence of freedom to speak and our right to know, and has been shown across Europe, and in Assange’s home country, Australia.
After the failure of the latest legal appeal against extradition, Julian Assange is perilously close to being sent to the United States, where he would spend his final days in solitary confinement.
The Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, has characterised Assange’s situation, held in solitary confinement for years in Belmarsh high security prison, as torture at the hands of the UK government. But Assange’s plight is most often played down or ignored by his fellow journalists in the UK media, and by the Guardian, which profited greatly from his work.
Watch our exclusive film of a meeting held at the Frontline Club in early 2020, in which Nils Melzer exposes the lies invented by Swedish police around the original sexual misconduct allegations against Assange.
Keir Starmer was Director of Public Prosecutions when the CPS first asked Swedish police NOT to come to the UK to interview Assange, and then later wrote to them “Don’t you dare get cold feet!” when they wanted to close the case.
No-one has ever been prosecuted or punished for the war crimes that WikiLeaks, Manning, Snowden and Assange have exposed.