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Members of China’s persecuted communities and rights groups demonstrate in London
Photo Courtesy: Rahima Mahmut X page

Members of China’s persecuted communities and rights groups demonstrate in London

| @indiablooms | 20 Sep 2023, 05:48 pm

Members of China’s persecuted communities and rights groups recently peacefully demonstrated outside the InterContinental Hotel in Mayfair in London where the Chinese Embassy was hosting its 74th anniversary celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Ahead of the October 1 PRC National Day, this secretive official function of the Chinese Embassy stated as quoted by ANI,"A gala dinner to celebrate the 74th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, attended by Ambassador Zheng Zeguang and other embassy officials."

Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities, Hong Kong Aid, Hong Kong Liberty, Stop Uyghur Genocide, Tibetan Community UK and Uyghur Community UK, were some of the rights groups which attended the protest.

During the demonstration, the protesters were heard chanting “No celebrations – China’s Dictators”, “No Celebrations – Genocides demand Justice”, “Free Tibet” “Free East Turkestan” “Free Hong Kong”.

Chinese officials were seen taking photos of the peaceful protesters, ANI reported.

The coalition of rights groups are now getting ready for their next annual protest, on October 1, when their members and supporters will join in from London’s Trafalgar Square to the Chinese Embassy, the Indian news agency reported.

Following the protest, Rahima Mahmut, executive director of Stop Uyghur Genocide, wrote on X: "This evening officials from the Chinese Embassy marked their National Celebration Day at the Inter Continental Hotel. Together with our friends from Hong Kong &Tibet, we protested outside the hotel to emphasize that there can be no true celebration amid genocide and dictatorship."

Tenzin Kunga, chairman of Tibetan Community, UK, wrote on the same platform: "We made sure that our voices calling for #FreeTibet #FreeHongkong #FreeUyghurs echoed through the hotel doors to those attending the Chinese event. Our groups united in #resistance."


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