More than 300 people gathered on Tuesday in the suburbs of Joslin, South Australia, to protest the opening of a controversial Chinese consulate in the suburbs.
Several groups, including Falun Gong practitioners, Uighur Muslims, and the Tibetan Buddhist community, participated in the protests organized by the East Turkistan Australian Association. Hongkongers, Vietnamese, Joslyn residents, politicians, and representatives of Australian farmers and industries affected by Beijing’s trade restrictions also participated in the protest.
Independent South Australian Senator Rex Patrick spoke in protests criticizing the Chinese administration for human rights abuses, the imprisonment of Australian journalists in China, and trade retaliation and cyberattacks on Australia.
He also aimed at South Australia’s Prime Minister Steven Marshall to attend the opening.
“South Australia’s Prime Minister Steven Marshall is simply deploying the red carpet in the wrong situation. He’s actually sleeping with his enemies,” Patrick said.
Fugitive Hong Kong lawmakers demand Australia stick to universal values
Former Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui, who settled in exiled Adelaide, also spoke in protest, calling on the Australian government to stick to the values of democracy and freedom.
“We want to give a very clear signal to the Chinese embassy, and they are not welcomed because of the officials working inside,” Hui said.
“And we want [the] The Australian Government does not feel like giving them a warm welcome, but actually acts on it. They are human rights abusers, so the Australian Government should send them pondering and criticism. “
Greens politician talks about forced organ removal
Tammy Franks, a state greens politician in the House of Councilors of South Australia, spoke to a rally about the crimes of the Chinese administration, paying particular attention to the CCP state-approved crimes of forced organ harvesting by the Chinese Communist Party. Chinese court It was found that it was mainly aimed at Falun Gong learners.
“I attended a state legislative committee that considered organ removal. I heard from a member of the South Australian community who had a family, was imprisoned, and had their organs removed,” Frank said.
Frank also criticized the premiere for attending the event.
“I’m very sorry for that because money speaks louder than general human dignity and human rights,” she said. “We are here of better value from our government.”
Consulate size and security concerns
Local residents who agreed that the Epoch Times were anonymous about safety concerns also raised the issue of the consulate being too large and the security risks it could pose.
“This is Australia’s largest. How can South Australia, the fifth smallest city in Australia, receive the largest consulate services in Australia?” Residents said the consulate was built. He said many residents did not know that he was there.
“South Australia has submarine and veterinary defenses and has the largest oil community in South Australia,” said the resident. “And we believe this is why the consulate was brought to South Australia. Watch us, keep us from speaking, who we are, where we are And make sure they know how we behave. “
South Australian Prime Minister Steven Marshall spoke at the consulate’s opening ceremony, but avoided meeting with protesters stationed on Fifth Avenue and entered from Fourth Avenue, Australians reported.