6pm Wednesday 5 August Embassy of China, 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL Map Facebook event
Socially-distanced protest at the Chinese embassy, for the rights of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan (Xinjiang, north-west China). This is a monthly protest on the 5th – we’re back after a pause due to COVID-19.
Our online event on 5 July, commemorating the 11th anniversary of the unrest in Urumqi and the massacre of Uyghur protesters that followed, heard eyewitness testimonies from people who were at the scene in 2009, and wide-ranging discussion about the struggle today.
For those who missed out, you can listen to the recording, or download it, from here:
Labour MPs John McDonnell (former Shadow Chancellor) and Kate Osamor (former Shadow Secretary of State for International Development) recorded messages of solidarity for our online event on 5 July 2020 commemorating the Urumqi massacre. You can watch them and read the transcripts below.
A useful explainer published last year in news outlet Business Insider. The Chinese state claims that its clampdown in East Turkestan is a counter-terrorism operation – in truth, it’s about keeping a firm grip on a territory that is crucial for its economic empire-building plan, the “Belt & Road Initiative”.
The persecution of the Uyghur people by the Chinese state continues and has deepened in the coronavirus crisis. In place of our usual monthly protest at the Chinese embassy in London, on 5 April we gathered online to discuss the situation with a range of campaigners. We have recorded the introductions from Nury Turkel, Prof Diyesh Anand, Rahima Mahmut, David Ball and Jack Baker.
A statement from the Uyghur Solidarity Campaign UK
Amidst the pandemic crisis, we have seen propaganda efforts by states, politicians and press to promote their own image and scapegoat others. The Chinese government and its press and supporters boast that they are leading the world against the virus. Other governments, especially in the UK and US, are deflecting blame for their own shortcomings onto China.