As protesters gathered outside the Ecuadorian Embassy, there was intense speculation that the British government might suspend the Embassy’s diplomatic status in order to enter the building and remove Assange.
Alternatively the UK might simply refuse to allow him out of the country. Either way, temperatures were rising.
One Ecuadorian protester said: “I hope the British government respects the right, the justice, and allows Julian Assange to go free to our country.”
Another protester said: “It’s quite simple: if they’re not going to go in and get him, we’re all going to be happy. If they’re going to go in and get him, then they’re actually behaving illegally, in which case then we won’t actually be behaving illegally by protesting, we will be voicing or protesting our democratic right to stand against the system that we know to be totally corrupt.”
Another said: “We are here to support Julian Assange, and to try and prevent him from being extradited to Sweden which in turn would mean he would be extradited to the USA on possible death penalty charges.”