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article imageJulian Assange 'doing all right' at embassy amid asylum row

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By Anne Sewell     Aug 17, 2012 in World
London - Julian Assange has spent a good night, after receiving the good news that his asylum request has been granted by Ecuador. Supporters still surround the building housing the Ecuadorian embassy today.
The Guardian is reporting that WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange spent a comfortable night last night in the London Ecuadorean embassy after the announcement that his request for asylum has been granted. Diplomatic sources say that he is "doing all right".
On August 16, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo PatiƱo announced that Ecuador has granted asylum to Julian Assange.
While this is a major cause for celebration amongst Assange's supporters, who are surrounding the embassy building in London, some are still angry at the British government's handling of the whole situation and it's letter threatening to enter the embassy and take custody of Assange.
Yesterday, Digital Journal's Romeo Marquez was on the scene and filmed the above video footage, plus the photos contained in this article.
In the video, Ecuadorian supporters can be heard chanting the Spanish version of "The people united can never be defeated", holding signs stating that Ecuador is not a British Colony, in protest against the British government's threat to enter the embassy and seize Assange:
Still pictures taken Thursday  Aug. 16  at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in...
Still pictures taken Thursday, Aug. 16, at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London.
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Still pictures taken Thursday  Aug. 16  at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in...
Still pictures taken Thursday, Aug. 16, at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London.
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On Friday more than a dozen London Metropolitan police officers are at the scene, guarding the entrance to the building housing the Ecuadorian embassy.
Other supporters have joined the Ecuadorian protesters in a show of solidarity and support, against the U.K.'s treatment of Assange. There is also a strong media presence in the street outside the embassy.
Still pictures taken Thursday  Aug. 16  at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in...
Still pictures taken Thursday, Aug. 16, at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London.
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An Assange supporter, Tristan Woodwards, told The Guardian that he had camped outside the embassy the night before. "I'm here to support Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and to show my disgust at the British government's threat to a sovereign nation's embassy."
"It's completely wrong. People talk about the [assault] allegations, but [the UK government's reaction] seems over the top for someone who's supposed to have committed a crime," he added.
Still pictures taken Thursday  Aug. 16  at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in...
Still pictures taken Thursday, Aug. 16, at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London.
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Another supporter, Tammy Samede, told the media, "To be honest, I'm not a fan of the British government for a lot reasons. But they're using the need to question him to get him out of here and get him to Sweden, who will extradite him to the U.S., who will probably imprison him forever or execute him."
When asked how long she will remain outside the embassy, Samede said, "It's not the most comfortable place, but standing up for what's right is never comfortable. That's why [Assange] is stuck in a room without a window in the embassy."
Still pictures taken Thursday  Aug. 16  at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in...
Still pictures taken Thursday, Aug. 16, at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London.
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Protesters are also angry that the FCO has stated that they will not grant Assange safe passage to travel to Ecuador.
Speaking of the asylum granted to Assange, Foreign Secretary William Hague, said, "This does not change the fundamentals of the case. We will not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the United Kingdom, nor is there any legal basis for us to do so."
Ecuador's ambassador to London, Ana Alban reportedly left the embassy late yesterday, after receiving a summons to Sweden, where Stockholm Foreign Ministry spokesman, Anders Jorie, has said, "We want to tell them that it's unacceptable that Ecuador is trying to stop the Swedish judicial process."
Still pictures taken Thursday  Aug. 16  at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in...
Still pictures taken Thursday, Aug. 16, at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London.
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The Washington Post is currently running a poll asking people to say whether they think it was a good idea for Ecuador to grant asylum to Assange. At the time of writing this article, 83% had voted "yes."
Still pictures taken Thursday  Aug. 16  at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in...
Still pictures taken Thursday, Aug. 16, at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London.
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