Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has called for the Statue of Liberty to be removed in New York if the United States goes ahead with the extradition and prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The Mexican politician made the comment during one of his morning press conferences on July 4.
“We need to start a campaign to remove the Statue of Liberty that was given by the French and is in New York because it is no longer a symbol of freedom,” said Lopez Obrador.
In his press conference, AMLO said he will bring up the issue in an upcoming meeting with President Joe Biden.
“It’s a humanitarian issue,” he said. “If they don’t, they will smudge.”
The Mexican politician has been a fierce defender of Assange and his work to disseminate classified documents through WikiLeaks. In the past, López Obrador called Assange “the best journalist of our time” and his prosecution was “an embarrassment to the world”.
The comment about the Statue of Liberty drew criticism from Lopez Obrador in Mexico, where his country continues to face a major trend of murdered journalists.
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