Police arrest 3 in front of Ecuadorean Embassy

LONDON – Scotland Yard says it has arrested a handful of people outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London as supporters gather to defend WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

A police spokesman said three people have been arrested. He didn’t give a reason, but an Associated Press reporter at the scene saw several people being dragged away from the embassy after refusing police orders to move across the street Thursday.

Police and protesters converged on the embassy in the upscale Knightsbridge neighbourhood of London Wednesday night after the Ecuadorean government accused Britain of threatening to “assault” the mission if Assange weren’t handed over.

Assange has been holed up in the building since June 19 in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he’s wanted over allegations of sexual misconduct.

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