British police disturbing tanks that symbolize Tiananmen Square protests

The Hong Kongers, who escaped the oppression of freedom in their home city, attended the annual Candlelight Vigil outside the Chinese Embassy in London on Saturday to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident.

In a place where more than 2,000 people lit candles, listened to speeches including recordings from the mothers of thousands of victims in 1989, and were believed to be the largest non-Chinese memorial event. I silently prayed for one minute.

Police twice prevented protesters from placing large paperboard military tanks outside the embassy door.

Some demonstrators temporarily blocked the road outside the Portland Place building, painted in Chinese “Remember June 4th” and painted in red to represent blood. Lying symbolically under the model tank.

“Speech every year is not enough. Not only for Chinese in mainland China and Hong Kong, but also here in your country, to protect the freedom that the Chinese Communist Party wants to rob everyone, make the demonstration bigger and bolder. “We need to,” he told the Epoch Times, referring to Hong Kong-born protester John Leon of the Chinese Communist Party.

London’s annual monument is in the past, with the arrival of Hong Kongers seeking a sanctuary in the United Kingdom under the British National (Overseas) program created in 2020 after Beijing imposed National Security Law. The scale has grown in two years. Following the opposition of the masses in the former British colonies.

Tens of thousands have already moved to the UK, and government officials estimate that more than 320,000 will be able to accept the offer within five years.

New arrivals on Saturday made this year’s commemorative event even more demanding.

Many raised the flags and flags of Hong Kong’s independence and democracy, and some wore masks to protect their identities. This is a fear that CCP agents have invaded their class.

“It’s not worth the risk. I have family (mother, father, brothers) and friends. If they can identify me, the CCP warns the agent to threaten. We have escaped Hong Kong. , And yes, we can still protest, but we haven’t escaped fear, “said a woman wearing a mask named her name Sea.

“They will never kill democracy.”

Muslim and Tibetan demonstrators also attended and raised a flag calling for the end of Uighur persecution and Tibetan freedom in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

One of the main organizers, Yau Man Chun, is a former Hong Kong Sha Tin District councilor who fled to the UK for fear of arrest, “Free Hong Kong,” “Free the Uyghurs,” and “End the CCP.”

Yau, who left for Britain eight months ago, told The Epoch Times: We must show them that they will never kill democracy. “

In a speech, Xiao Jiang, a survivor of the 1989 Tiananmen Square in exile in London, escaped from the tank and returned to the Beijing University dormitory in Beijing to change his bloody T-shirt. I explained. Of his fellow students.

He later told The Epoch Times: “It will be very difficult for Chinese students today to stand up like us. This is the management of the CCP and it is very difficult to organize. That is why civil society and democracies like the UK Need to help the younger generation at the grassroots level to understand what happened during the Cheonanmen incident. “

Among them were Ma Jian, a prominent dissident writer in exile in the United Kingdom, and Benedict Rogers, co-founder of Hong Kong Watch, a UK-based human rights group.

Rogers argues for how the CCP’s new national security law broadens the scope of extraterritoriality, and he “collusions with foreign and external elements to endanger national security. I explained how Beijing is required to do so.

In 1989, he told the commemorative rally that the Chinese Communist Party showed a true color “neither for the first time nor for the last.”

Celebrate the bloodshed of mourning and courage

Rogers compared his memory of the Tiananmen Square incident with Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebration, which was also held in London.

He states: One is the celebration of values, public services, dedication to the country and its people, love and compassion … but this anniversary we are commemorating is the exact opposite. “

He added: “We mourn bloodshed and fear, but we also celebrate the courage and dedication of those who gave their lives. [on June 4, 1989].. Contrast 70 years of leadership style for about the same period.

“But the Chinese Communist Party represents a hatred for freedom, a threat to life, an attack on human dignity, and a repression that we all should continue to fight.”

On the eve of the anniversary, a video related to Tiananmen was shown on Tower Bridge in London.

The video also raised awareness of detained Hong Kong dissidents, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai.

Slogans such as “Free Hong Kong,” “Free Tibet,” and “Free Uyghurs” were also displayed on the iconic bridge near the new Chinese embassy in Royal Mint Court.

The staff of the Chinese Embassy is in the process of relocating to a larger site east of the city, which will be China’s largest overseas mission.

The Epoch Times contacted the British-Chinese Embassy for comment.

Peter simpson


Peter Simpson is a British journalist who worked in major international news media and spent 10 years covering China from Beijing, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics, during which he broke many exclusivity. He is interested in all aspects of Sino-English relations and geopolitics. His other interests include sports, business, culture and travel.

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