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Updated: December 11, 2010 15:40 IST

Wikileaks protests planned in Spain, Latin America

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. File photo: AP.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. File photo: AP.

Demonstrations are planned to protest the detention of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the closing of its Swiss bank account.

The Spanish-language website Free WikiLeaks says protests are to be held in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville and other Spanish cities. It also says demonstrations are planned in the Netherlands, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Peru.

The Free WikiLeaks organization says, “we seek the liberation of Julian Assange in United Kingdom territory.” It calls on protesters to gather at 6 p.m. (17:00 GMT) on Saturday in Spanish cities.

Mr. Assange remains in a U.K. jail ahead of a December 14 hearing where he plans to fight Sweden’s request to extradite him to face sex crimes allegations.

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