Statues of Snowden, Assange, Manning Erected on May Day in Berlin

May 4, 2015 | Liam Mathews

The bust of Edward Snowden in Fort Greene Park seems to have inspired a trend: artists and activists erected statues of Snowden, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz Square on Friday as part of May Day celebrations, Newsweek reports. The sculptures were created by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino as part of a project called “Anything to Say?” that encourages free speech. In the sculpture, each of the leakers is standing on a chair. A fourth chair is left empty, so anyone with something to say can step up and speak out.

“[People are saying] many different things. From politics to babbling to silence, from people who desperately are wanting to help Julian, Bradley [sic] and Edward to people who have no idea who they are, this chair is, I guess, a place of free speech,” Dormino told The Local. The Local notes that the organizers, who include members of Germany’s Green Party, plan to send the statues on a world tour.

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