Thousands joined London rallies to mark the 33rd Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The Unite for Democracy” Rally started off in Whitehall, opposite 10 Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister on Saturday, 4th June from 4pm to 5.30pm.
Prominent speakers including Benedict Rogers and Nathan Law addressed the rally. Organisers of this protest included 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. Supported by Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities, Stop Uyghur Genocide, Free Tibet and World Uyghur Congress, this rally was co-organised with Support Ukraine and London Euromaidan PLAST.
This was followed by a further rally in Piccadilly Circus.
At 7.30pm the main June 4th Vigil Rally was held outside the Chinese Embassy. The vigil was first started by Dr. Stephen Ng MBE and his colleagues soon after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. This year’s vigil rally saw the biggest turnout ever since it was started 33 years ago.
Messages from Tiananmen Mothers were read at the rally outside the Chinese Embassy. Leading rights activists from various organisations also addressed the rally.
Below speech was given by Tsering Passang, Founder and Chairman of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities:
“Friends, I stand here today, opposite the Chinese Embassy in London, the terror cell of the CCP regime in the UK, to remind the international community, once again, that the Chinese regime has massacred hundreds of innocent young Chinese students 33 years ago, in June 1989.
Tanks and troops were sent to mercilessly kill young students who were simply engaging in a pro-democracy movement for the good of the whole Chinese population.
Some of you have experienced the brutal crackdown; some of your family members and friends have endured this heinous crime committed by the CCP authorities.
We do know that the barbaric acts committed by the Chinese Communist Party against its own people is nothing new though. Atrocities committed by the CCP over the past 100 years have amounted to over 20 million lives lost in China. Needless to mention the killing of Tibetans and Uyghurs in their homelands. The CCP was established through the power of bullets and guns.
This annual anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, started by very dedicated Chinese friends including Dr. Stephen Ng, in London, 33 years ago, has now become the world’s major pro-democracy protests hub to commemorate this poignant chapter in history after Beijing enforced Hong Kong National Security Law on 30th June 2021.
Like my friends from East Turkistan and China’s other occupied territories, taking part in today’s protest is a genuine show of our solidarity and support – from the people of Tibet – to our Chinese friends in mainland China, Hong Kong and around the world for your quest for freedom, justice and democracy.
My country, Tibet, too was illegally invaded by the People’s Republic of China after the CCP came to power in October 1949. Over 1 million Tibetans died as a direct result of China’s illegal occupation of Tibet.
Today, Tibetans are facing repression; there are restrictions on the freedom of movement within Tibet and Tibetans cannot contact their families abroad. However, the CCP regime allows the Han Chinese nationals to travel freely across Tibet, which the Tibetans cannot do in their own homelands.
This past year, I have interacted with so many Chinese friends, many are from Hong Kong and mainland China. They express their solidarity and support with us by stating that Tibetans have suffered for so long under the CCP regime.
Friends, we have a common enemy – i.e. the CCP regime. This brutal regime took away our freedom, rights and human dignity.
Today, the China is not only a major colonial power in the world but it has proven that the current CCP regime is the real enemy of Democracy, Human Rights, Freedom, Justice and Equality.
Whilst the CCP regime continues to commit crimes against humanity, we in the free world must remind western political and business leaders who are proponents of the CCP regime that they must not forget their fundamental values and principles – the universal human rights – for short term gains by bedding with the Chinese authoritarian regime.
Friends, this is our responsibility to tell the world and we must continue.
Truth never dies. It will prevail. It has to prevail. We will secure our justice one day, one day soon. And, we must unite and challenge the CCP regime altogether – for Freedom, Justice, Human Rights and Democracy.”
Speeches by leading rights advocates:
Leading British Human Rights Advocate, Benedict Rogers, who is a Co-founder and CEO of Hong Kong Watch, addressed the rally in White Hall.
Nathan Law, Author and Leading Activist from Hong Kong Activist addressed the rally in Whitehall.