UK MPs and Peers join online rally marking one year anniversary of Hong Kong protest movement

Thursday, June 11, 2020 4:51 PM

“Just as under Stalin we were all Berliners, so too under Xi Jinping must we all be Hongkongers.”

UK MPs and Peers join online rally marking one year anniversary of Hong Kong protest movement

Parliamentarians will join the Hong Kong protest movement in marking the first anniversary of the current round of pro-democracy protests this weekend. To raise awareness of this occasion, leading grassroots organisations Stand with Hong Kong and Democracy for Hong Kong have organised an online rally, to commence from 2pm BST.

Hundreds are expected to join the event, for which human right activist and co-founder of Hong Kong Watch, Ben Rogers and human rights activist Luke De Pulford will give key speeches. Several UK parliamentarians who are spearheading parliamentary action in support of Hong Kong, including Baroness Bennett, Lord Alton of Liverpool, Lord Adonis, Stewart McDonald MP, Alicia Kearns MP and Jim Shannon MP, will also address the online crowd to pay tribute to what the movement has accomplished here in the UK.

Lord Adonis will say in his speech:

“Just as under Stalin we were all Berliners, so too under Xi Jinping must we all be Hongkongers.”

The organisers of the online rally, in a new campaign video, ask supporters of the Hong Kong movement to do the following:

  1. Ask their governments to rethink their dependence on China.
  2. Avoid technology with Chinese links, including Huawei, Zoom and WeChat and protect your privacy and data.
  3. Vote responsibly and support politicians who back Hong Kong.

They also call upon democracies all over the world to send a clear message to China: freedom is not for sale. Stand up for Hong Kong and in turn, side with liberty above tyranny and fight for freedom. Sales of teargas and rubber bullets to China and Hong Kong should cease and sanctions should be placed upon senior police and administration figures guilty of torture and human rights abuses.

John Song, a representative of Stand with Hong Kong, explains:

“While the world has taken notice of the crisis in Hong Kong, freedom and democracy still seem more unreachable to Hongkongers than ever before as the situation on the ground continues to worsen. Now, children are being arrested, students are being warned not to express their political opinions at schools,the press are being explicitly targeted and detained persons have reported being tortured. Most importantly, the imminent passing of the National Security Law, signifies China can now by pass the need of extradition to oppress dissident in Hong Kong, which is what sparked the movement one year ago. This is a fight for freedom against the world’s largest totalitarian regime and one we simply cannot lose. It’s time that democracies in the world over took action to stand with Hong Kong.”

Please find a selection of the rally speeches by parliamentarians and key human rights activists here.