Freedom from Frear, sanction the Chinese dictatorship! HKGCG and WUC announce demonstration on 1/19/2020 at 1:30 p.m.
BERLIN, GERMANY – The Hongkongers in Germany Concern Group (HKGCG) and the World Uyghur Congress in Germany officially announced their joint demonstration in Berlin on January 19, 2020.
Called “Freedom from Fear”, the demonstration aims to impose sanctions against the Chinese dictatorship worldwide. In addition to Berlin, protests will be held simultaneously in Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Belgium and the United Kingdom. It is the first time that the two groups have collaborated in this way. East Turkestan, Tibet, Mongolia and Hong Kong have been experiencing the suppression of general human rights by the central government in Beijing for decades. Evidence from the recently leaked China Cables, a memory of classified government documents, proofed, that the Uyghurs in China are facing the largest mass detention of an ethnic-religious minority since World War II.
According to the China Cables, at least one million people are being held in the so-called “re-education camps” of the Chinese government. At the same time, pro-democratic demonstrators of the ongoing protests against the government are being detained on a large scale in Hong Kong and are being abused by the police. Over 8,000 people have been arrested in Hong Kong since the protests began. Reports of ill-treatment by the police are piling up. Amnesty International has repeatedly called on the international community to condemn the systematic disregard for basic human rights and state authority in Hong Kong and East Turkestan. The organizers of the “Freedom from Fear” demonstration want to get a clear statement from the German government on the violation of human rights. “Germany is also facing political and economic influence from the Chinese government,” commented a member of the leaderless HKGCG. “Despite ongoing disregard for human rights and although China is the world’s largest climate offender, the country is welcomed as Germany’s largest trading partner and presented as Europe’s most important ally in the fight against climate change. If we want to continue to live in a democracy in Germany, we must now raise our voices and stand up for it – against the Chinese dictatorship. ”
The organizers are demanding sanctions against the Chinese dictatorship. “Germany is not only obliged to its own citizens, but also has a special moral responsibility from its past,” said HKGCG. Kuerban Haiyuer of the Uyghur World Congress added: “Everyone is invited to join us and stand up for a world free from persecution based on our beliefs, ethnicity, religion or way of life. Together we cannot be silenced. “
Estimated 400 participants will walk peacefully from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie from 1.30 p.m.