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Sunday, September 29, 2019

ACTIVISTS OPPOSE CHINA FLAG-RAISING AT BOSTON CITY HALL

ACTIVISTS  OPPOSE CHINA FLAG-RAISING AT BOSTON CITY HALL
HONG KONGERS,  TIBETANS, UYGHURS,  TAIWANESE & CHINESE PROTEST
CHINA’S REPRESSIVE POLICIES DURING 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

BOSTON - Human rights activists from Hong Kong, Tibet, East Turkestan (Xinjiang), China and Taiwan today announced their opposition to the raising of China’s national flag for the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) at Boston City Hall. Citing unprecedented levels of repression and violence by the Chinese government, both in China and the territories under Chinese control, along with seven decades of unrelenting repression targeting the Uyghur and Tibetan people, the activists stated their opposition to the flag-raising ceremony planned to mark the October 1st anniversary on Sunday, September 29th. 

In a joint statement the activists in Boston said: 

“We join countless people of conscience around the world who are opposed to the Chinese Communist Party and believe the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China is no cause for celebration. The unprecedented levels of violence and repression we see in China and Chinese-controlled territories today, including Tibet, East Turkestan (Xinjiang), Inner Mongolia and now even Hong Kong,  affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people and must be vigorously opposed by all freedom-loving people. Boston is the birthplace of the American independence movement and it should not play host to, nor celebrate, the totalitarian Chinese state which denies its own people their basic rights and freedoms, has at least 1.5 million Uyghur and Muslim people locked up in concentration camps, restricts access to Tibet and has made it the largest open-air prison in the world, and is now hell-bent on undermining democracy in Hong Kong and beating the people into submission.” 

A joint protest is planned at the flag-raising event at Boston City Hall Plaza from 11am-1pm,  Sunday, September 29th, 2019. Similar protests are planned for 69 cities around the world this weekend.

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