London [UK]June 5 (ANI): A number of rallies were held in London and across Britain to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Saturday.
In London, the “Unite for Democracy” rally was held in Whitehall, opposite 10 Downing Street from 4 to 5.30 p.m. The rally was organized by Democracy for Hong Kong, Hong Kong Aid, Hong Kong Liberty, Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong, Hong Kong Assistance and Resettlement Community and Hongkongers in Britain.
It was supported by the World Alliance for Tibet and Persecuted Minorities, Stop Uyghur Genocide, Free Tibet and World Uyghur Congress.
Leading campaigners Nathan Law, Finn Lau, Simon Cheng, Benedict Rogers and Luke de Pulford addressed the rally.
In the evening from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., there was a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Embassy in London. This year, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre in London has drawn the biggest protesters with speakers from different persecuted communities and their supporters since it began 33 years ago.
Nathan Law, a former member of the Legislative Council, spoke on the occasion and said that students, intellectuals and workers lost their lives 33 years ago fighting for democracy and that even now the people in Hong Kong, Tibet and East Turkestan want democracy and accountability in China. . But the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Xi Jinping supports the army in Myanmar, the Taliban in Afghanistan and supports Russia.
Ben Rogers, Hong Kong Watch, speaking of the Tiananmen Massacre, compared it to the war in Ukraine and said it was a war between dictatorship and democracy, authoritarianism and freedom. He came with a yellow umbrella as a symbol of solidarity with Hong Kong.
He said now people in Hong Kong don’t have freedom of speech and peaceful protest, they had it, so people in the UK, who have that freedom, have to use it to support the people from Hong Kong.
Tsering Passang (Global Alliance for Tibet and Persecuted Minorities) said, “Participating in today’s protest is a true demonstration of our solidarity and support – from the Tibetan people – to Chinese friends in mainland China, in Hong Kong and around the world for their pursuit of freedom, justice and democracy.
He said, “We in the free world must remind Western political and business leaders who are supporters of the CCP regime that they must not forget their fundamental values and principles – universal human rights – for short-term gains by working with Chinese authoritarian rule. regime.”
Protests that began on April 15 were forcibly suppressed on June 4 when a Chinese military crackdown led to a massacre of students protesting for democratic reforms in various major cities across China.
Victims of the 1989 massacre are still waiting for justice because responsibility for the tragedy has never been determined. (ANI)
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