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A riot police vehicle remains hidden from sight, but prepared in case protesters become riled. In many past cases, anarchists have hijacked peaceful demonstrations and protests and the police have reacted often with excessive force and tactics.
Julian Assange emerges from the embassy on a balcony and gives a thumbs-up to the world's media and protesters gathering on the street.
The Wikileaks founder pauses for a moment for silence before reading out his statement.