Posted on Feb 5, 2016

    People Are Taking The Piss After The UN Said Julian Assange Had Been "Arbitrarily Detained"

    "I have been arbitrarily detained by a cat on the sofa. Please alert the UN with all speed."

    A UN panel has concluded that Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained", much to the surprise of authorities in the UK and Sweden, who said the WikiLeaks founder was free to leave the Ecuadorian embassy whenever he liked.

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    As early as yesterday, when the panel's conclusions were first reported, people had been taking the piss about what being "arbitrarily detained" actually means in this case.

    People began relating it to their own real-life experiences.

    Sometimes I am forced to go to Selfridges Food Hall and buy lovely food #arbitrarilydetained

    I walked into my house and locked the door behind me. #arbitrarilyDetained . Where do I apply for compensation?

    I can't get through this ticket barrier unless I put a ticket it #arbitrarydetention

    A lot of people felt their cats were arbitrarily detaining them, or had themselves been the victim of arbitrary detention.

    I have been #arbitrarilydetained by a cat on the sofa. Please alert the UN with all speed.

    #arbitrarydetention #arbitrarilydetained

    Things started to get wackier.

    This Shiba has been involuntarily detained on a rock.

    Ed Miliband (and others) got dragged in.

    People are already wondering what the UN can do for them.

    Concerned that I've been #arbitrarilydetained in this office, please call the United Nations immediately

    I'm on hold to the UN, I need someone to arbitrarily detain me so I don't have to go to work this evening. #arbitrarilydetained

    Assange's supporters are giving a press conference later on Friday, so expect an intensifying of memes to begin.

    Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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