"𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙞𝙠𝙞𝙇𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙥."
WSWS Reports: "WikiLeaks announced this morning that its publisher, Julian Assange, has been placed under lockdown in London’s Belmarsh Prison after several inmates in his cell block tested positive for COVID-19.
....The cases in Belmarsh are part of a sharp increase in infections throughout the penitentiary system, amid the resurgence of the pandemic across Britain. Figures from the Ministry of Justice at the end of October showed that 1,529 inmates had been infected since March. That was an increase of well over 600 compared with the September figure of 883 cumulative cases. At least 32 inmates have died.
The dangers confronting prisoners have been compounded by the run-down conditions in which they are held. A parliamentary inspection last year found that 10 of 35 prisons did not meet minimum hygiene and cleanliness requirements. Prisoner rights’ advocates have repeatedly documented inadequate healthcare, including shocking cases of gangrene and other life-threatening ailments not being treated.
As Moris explained in her statement to the press, 'it’s not just COVID' that imperils Assange. 'Every day that passes is a serious risk to Julian,' she said. 'Belmarsh is an extremely dangerous environment where murders and suicides are commonplace. Julian is one of the most widely recognised press freedom and government accountability advocates alive. UK decision-makers must change course before they cause Julian to lose his life.'”