Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) called for the removal of the Statue of Liberty in New York if the U.S. proceeds with the extradition and prosecution of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The Mexican politician made the comment during one of his morning news conferences on July 4.
“We need to start the campaign to remove the Statue of Liberty that the French gave and is in New York because it is no longer a symbol of freedom,” Lopez Obrador said.
In his news conference, AMLO said that he would be bringing up the issue in an upcoming meeting with President Joe Biden.
“It’s a matter of humanism,” he said. “If they don’t do it, they will be stained.”
The Mexican politician has been a fierce defender of Assange and his work to release classified documents through Wikileaks. In the past, Lopez Obrador called Assange “the best journalist of our time” and his prosecution “an embarrassment to the world.”
The comment about the Statue of Liberty earned Lopez Obrador criticism in Mexico, as his country continues to experience a substantial trend of murdered journalists.
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