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Musicians around the world are boycotting Sweden in protest of ASAP Rocky’s incarceration

The petition to request his release from "horrific conditions" has already received over 500,000 signatures.

July 11, 2019

It’s been a week and a half since ASAP Rocky was detained for alleged assault by Swedish authorities following a June 30th Stockholm concert, and with no updates to Rocky’s situation, both fans and friends of the rapper are speaking out in demand of answers.

Yesterday, Rocky’s manager John Ehmann made a lengthy post on Instagram detailing the situation: “Friends – We are currently in Stockholm where Rocky is being detained for operating in self-defence following an altercation that occurred on 6/30, when Rocky, his bodyguard and two performers were harassed and physically assaulted by a group of men in the area.”

As for Rocky’s current situation, Ehmann described that “The conditions of the facility are horrific and include 24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, lack of access to life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions.” Despite these conditions, Rocky has apparently been denied visitation with the U.S. Embassy, in addition to an appeal filed by Ehmann to the Swedish Supreme Court on the basis of human rights violations also being rejected. With this lack of momentum, Rocky is set to remain imprisoned for at least two more weeks.

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Friends – We are currently in Stockholm where Rocky is being detained for operating in self-defense following an altercation that occurred on 6/30, when Rocky, his bodyguard and two performers were harassed and physically assaulted by a group of men in the area. The conditions of the facility are horrific and include 24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, lack of access to life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions. Video footage shows the assailants following Rocky, while he pleads to them that he does not want any issues. Rocky volunteered to go to police for questioning. Rocky and his colleagues were arrested on-site. On the day of his arrest, I spoke with the U.S. Embassy Consult who informed me that his request to visit Rocky was rejected by police, which violates article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which Sweden is a signatory. Since, he has been allowed to visit with a U.S. Embassy Consult and attorney, but only in the presence of Swedish officials. It is troubling and worrisome that the laws are not being applied equally. Sadly, it appears the prosecutor in this case is looking for his own recognition by trying to make a name for himself based on Rocky’s global fame. On Monday, we filed an appeal with the Swedish Supreme Court to have Rocky released from the inhumane conditions and the clear violation of human rights. They rejected the filing, which means Rocky will remain in prison for two weeks. The prosecutor on the case has further communicated that he is working to receive an additional two week extension for a trial to begin in mid – to end of August. For a man that has not been proven guilty to go through these conditions, while visiting a country to headline their festival, is troublesome. To keep Rocky and his colleagues in jail is punishment before due process. Please support us by joining the #JusticeForRocky movement and sign our petition. Link in bio. Thank you for hearing our story and keeping it front of mind. JE

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“For a man that has not been proven guilty to go through these conditions, while visiting a country to headline their festival, is troublesome. To keep Rocky and his colleagues in jail is punishment before due process. Please support us by joining the #JusticeForRocky movement and sign our petition,” wrote Ehmann, sharing a link to a Change.org petition demanding for the rapper’s release.

The petition ­– which is already sitting at nearly 400,000 of its intended goal of 500,000 as of this writing – isn’t the only form of online activism surrounding the rapper’s incarceration. The #JusticeForRocky hashtag, popularized both in Ehmann’s Instagram post and petition, has been used by a number of fellow musicians and friends of the rapper – among them Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, and Juicy J – to spread awareness over his unjust incarceration:

https://twitter.com/therealjuicyj/status/1148670444632989699

Some took the issue even further, with frequent collaborators Tyler the Creator and Schoolboy Q both announcing that they would be boycotting Sweden from all future performances due to the country’s treatment of their friend and fellow rapper:

With the #JusticeForRocky movement blowing up overnight amongst a handful of globally-recognized musicians, it might just provide the push needed for ASAP Rocky to finally be granted his release.

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