WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was taken into custody by British police Thursday morning after spending seven years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Shortly after his arrest, footage appeared on social media sites showing the bearded Assange being forcefully removed from the embassy.

Assange was loaded into a police van and transported to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he appeared hours after his arrest. British officials were able to apprehend Assange inside the embassy after Ecuadorian officials revoked his asylum, claiming their patience with the man had “reached its limit,” press reports said.