To Sydney, where imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been immortalized in the city’s graffiti murals to raise awareness of his long-running struggle for freedom.
A mural sprayed onto the side of a building on George Street in Haymarket depicts a bronze-faced Assange above the words “#Free Assange.”
Street artist Scott Marsh, best known for his controversial mural of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is set to complete the work on Tuesday.
Assange, who was wanted in the United States over the release of US military records and diplomatic cables in 2010, has been held at Belmarsh Prison in London for more than four years to fight extradition.
Previously, he spent seven years sheltering inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Assange supporters see the prosecution as a politically-motivated attack on journalism and free speech, but the United States says releasing the documents puts lives at risk.
Marsh said he enlisted the support of Assange’s family to create the work after years of following the story of his prominent activist.
“This story needs to be at the forefront of every decent Australian’s mind and I hope this mural will help reinsert his story into the Australian zeitgeist,” Marsh said.
“Julian’s hourglass of hope for freedom is running low.”
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