Protesters demand Assange`s release from jail

Scores of demonstrators rallied outside gates of British consulate in Brazil.

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2010, 08:55 AM IST

Sao Paulo: Scores of demonstrators rallied on Saturday outside the gates of the British consulate in Sao Paulo to demand the release from prison of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Brazilian media said the demonstration was organised online, using social networks like Facebook and Twitter and several blogs that have emerged in Brazil to protest Assange`s arrest.

Assange, who was detained after presenting himself to a police station in London on Tuesday, is being held in extradition custody over allegations of sexual assault in Sweden.
The British consulate in Sao Paulo is closed on Saturdays. Police watched the rally from a distance, although no violent incidents were reported.

IANS