TYAE stands in solidarity with Hong Kong

2. October 2014, 01:46

Today at the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe wants to express solidarity with the people of Hong Kong in their courageous efforts to retain the rights and freedoms that China took away from the Tibetan people long time ago.

 

The impetus for these pro-democracy protests, which started by a student boycott and joined by the group Occupy Central with Love and Peace, was the Chinese government's pronouncement that the selection of candidates in Hong Kong's election in 2017 would be limited by a pro-Beijing committee, a move that would ostensibly maintain Beijing's influence and would undermine the promises it made to the people of Hong Kong.

Because the protesters started to use umbrellas to protect themselves from the police’s tear gas and pepper spray, their act of civil disobedience has gained the name “Umbrella Revolution”. Meanwhile Xi and the Communist Party Leadership are responding with a short-term tactic of censorship and suppression. Especially Photos of police confronting young pro-democracy protesters seem to be very sensitive in China, because it's a reminder of Tiananmen on June 4, 1989, when Chinese authorities cracked down on student protesters. Of course they fear that the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong could spread to the mainland and that all over China people could demand for fundamental principles like human rights, freedom and democracy.

The protesters in Hong Kong are on the front line of the struggle for these values. Therefore the futures of Tibetans, Uighurs, and Taiwanese are inextricably linked to Hong Kong. We stand in solidarity with Hong Kong alongside with other Tibetan Support Groups all over the world and call the international community to support the implementation of real freedom, human rights and democracy for all those currently living under the Chinese Communist Party’s regime.