The Ecuadorean and Venezuela presidents have warned Britain not to attempt to enter his country’s embassy in London to seize Julian Assange, claiming that to do so would be an act of political suicide that would leave the UK’s diplomatic premises vulnerable the world over.

Hugo Chávez warns UK of ‘severe consequences’ if Ecuador’s embassy raided – video Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez warns the British government of ‘severe consequences’ if they violate the sovereignty of Ecuador by raiding its embassy in London to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Chávez says he is preparing a response if a raid occurred, but will not give any details

Ecuador president warns UK not to enter embassy to seize Julian Assange

Rafael Correa says it would be ‘suicidal’ for Britain to enter diplomatic premises to arrest WikiLeaks founder

Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa warns against the UK entering its London embassy to arrest Julian Assange. Source: Reuters Link to this videoThe Ecuadorean president has warned Britain not to attempt to enter his country’s embassy in London to seize Julian Assange, claiming that to do so would be an act of political suicide that would leave the UK’s diplomatic premises vulnerable the world over.

Speaking on state television days after his government announced it had decided to grant the WikiLeaks founder political asylum, Rafael Correa showed little sign of seeking to ease tensions with Britain, which threatened last week to use an obscure piece of legislation to enter the Ecuadorean embassy and arrest the Australian.

“I think it would be suicidal for the United Kingdom,” he said, according to the Spanish news agency Efe. “After that, the diplomatic premises of [the UK] in other territories could be violated all over the world.” Such a move, he added, would be “disastrous” for all countries, but especially for Britain.

Downing Street has said Britain is committed to seeking a diplomatic solution with Ecuador in the standoff over Assange, whom it insists it is obliged to extradite to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denies.

But last week, as Ecuador prepared to announce its decision to grant Assange asylum, Foreign Office officials in Quito delivered a letter to the Ecuadorean government in which they claimed a legal right under the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987 to revoke an embassy’s diplomatic status.

The threat provoked an angry response from Correa. Asked on Monday night whether he thought there was any chance the British authorities would carry out its threat, the BBC reported that the president said: “While the United Kingdom hasn’t retracted or apologised, the danger still exists.”

Assange has been in the embassy in Knightsbridge since mid-June, and, despite Quito’s offer, cannot leave for the airport as Britain is refusing to give him safe passage. The interview with Correa opened with a brief report from inside the embassy, showing the 41-year-old Assange embracing his lawyer Baltasar Garzón, minutes before he addressed supporters from the balcony outside on Sunday.

Speaking in advance of a meeting of the Organisation of American States on Friday, Correa said he hoped the gathering would provide him with strong backing from regional allies.

“Remember that David beat Goliath. And with many Davids it’s easier to bring down a number of Goliaths,” he said. “So we’re hoping for clear and coherent backing because this violates all inter-American law, all international law, the Vienna convention and all diplomatic traditions of the last, at least, 300 years on a global scale.”

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/21/ecuador-president-embassy-julian-assange

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The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email: occupy-think-tank@gmx.de
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