On October 1, the 72nd anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) one-party rule, hundreds of Hongkongers participated in protests against the Chinese administration in British cities such as London and Manchester.
The “Resist on the Chinese Communist Party” rally was co-sponsored by several Hong Kong groups and human rights groups representing Tibetans and Uighurs.
Finlau, the founder of Hong Kong Liberty and one of the organizers of the demonstration, was persecuted in various ways because “we are all suffering, we are victims under the CCP.” He said the group chose to protest together on this “symbolic day.”
Under the new National Security Act imposed on Hong Kong by the Beijing administration in June 2020, the human rights situation in the former British colonies deteriorated rapidly.
Lau told The Epoch Times that his friend was among those imprisoned for the enhanced oppression of democratic activists by Hong Kong authorities. But he said he wouldn’t give up and would continue to fight for the people of Hong Kong.
“Some might say that the collapse of the Chinese Communist Party is impossible, but I don’t think it’s a dream,” Lau said. “Look at the history of the Soviet Union. Forty years ago, they thought it was impossible for the Soviet Union to collapse.”
Mr Lau said he believed that the fate of the Soviet Union, which collapsed in 1991, would also occur for the Chinese Communist Party.
Simon Chen, a former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong, said he would like to attend a rally in London because he had no room for freedom of expression.
Chen was tortured and forced to confess on television when he was detained by police in mainland China for 15 days in August 2019. He later arrived in the United Kingdom and became the first British National (Overseas) passport holder to be granted asylum.
Chen told The Epoch Times that by imposing a National Security Act, the CCP had set up its own political system in Hong Kong, making it invisible to Hong Kongers accustomed to freedom and autonomy.
“Hong Kong in the past no longer exists,” he said. “So we must do our best to protect the spirit of Hong Kong.”
Many of the protesters were recent arrivals in the UK thanks to a new visa scheme for holders of British national (overseas) status. This will allow you to live, study, work and finally apply for 5 years in the UK. Citizenship.
Among them was a family of three who only revealed their identities by the family name Ng.
Mrs. Ng said she chose to come to the UK as soon as possible because she did not want her child to be poisoned by the CCP’s promotion that polluted Hong Kong school textbooks.
“We had to come to support this rally because there was still freedom of expression in Britain and it wasn’t available in Hong Kong,” she told The Epoch Times.