Ben & Jerry’s Liberal Co-Founder Placed Under Arrest
Ben Cohen, the co-founder of the beloved ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s, made headlines on Thursday when he found himself in handcuffs during a demonstration in Washington, D.C.
According to the New York Post, Cohen joined forces with Jodie Evans, co-founder of the feminist group CODEPINK, to protest the U.S. government’s prosecution of Julian Assange, the publisher of Wikileaks.
Braving the pouring rain, Cohen and Evans sat outside the Department of Justice for nearly an hour, sending a powerful message of dissent.
In a bold act of protest, Cohen set ablaze a sign that read “Freedom of the Press,” arguing that Assange’s legal ordeal undermines the First Amendment right.
“There’s no democracy without freedom of the press because the press is the only thing that can hold government accountable,” Cohen passionately stated. “And there’s no freedom of the press as long as Assange is being prosecuted.”
— Luke Gentile (@lukegentile21) July 6, 2023
Video footage captured the moment when Cohen and Evans were arrested for obstructing the entrance to the DOJ building.
American activist, co-founder of the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company, one of the most popular in the USA, Ben Cohen was arrested in Washington at a protest in support of Julian Assange near the Ministry of Justice building.
“While Julian Assange is under investigation and… pic.twitter.com/8fBaMYHKmu
— Spriter Team (@SpriterTeam) July 7, 2023
The protesters were eventually released after three hours in police custody. Cohen wasted no time and took to Twitter to urge President Joe Biden to drop the charges against Assange.
UPDATE: Jodie and I have been released from police custody after being held for ~3hrs. It’s time for @POTUS to follow thru with his promise — Journalism is NOT a crime. #Dropthecharges and #FreeAssange pic.twitter.com/3960AJZurb
— Ben Cohen (@YoBenCohen) July 6, 2023
Assange, currently detained in a high-security prison in London, awaits extradition to the U.S. on 18 charges, including alleged violations of the Espionage Act.
The charges stem from Wikileaks’ publication of classified documents related to the Iraq War and Guantanamo Bay in 2010 and 2011. If convicted, Assange could face a lifetime behind bars.
Cohen and the ice cream brand he co-founded have a history of participating in stunts and protests to promote various liberal causes.
Just this week, on Independence Day, Ben & Jerry’s sparked controversy with a tweet declaring that the U.S. exists on “stolen Indigenous land” and calling for its return.
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