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#FridaysForFreedom Protest London - October 1, 2021

On October 1st 2021, Atlas and other organizations held a rally in London UK, with over 1000 people joining to support Hong Kong, Tibet, Uygurs & many others suffering under the repression of the Chinese Communist Party.

Watch the speech from our co-founders Andrea Venzon and Colombe Cahen-Salvador here.

On October 1, 2021, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrated its National Day, Atlas joined 1,000 pro-democracy Hongkongers, Tibetans, Uyghurs and locals from UK communities marched in solidarity in the "Resist the CCP Day"

A threat from an authoritarian regime impacts democracy at large. We have a duty to stand up for the hundreds of millions of people living in captivity under the CCP rule. Democracy is a fundamental right, and we will not back down. 

Andrea Venzon, Co-founder, Atlas

The CCP systematically curtails freedom to retain power. By detaining more than 1 million Uyghurs in concentration camps, eradicating Tibetans’ unique religious and cultural identity, and implementing the draconian Hong Kong National Security Law to crush political activists and human rights defenders, the CCP is one of the worst human rights abusers in the world. These examples are just some of the ways that Xi Jinping and the CCP are responsible for serious human rights abuses. The groups will continue to resist the totalitarian CCP until the international community stands in unity and turns the tide together.

We must all stand with Hong Kong. With Tibet. With Uighurs. With those in mainland China believing in a free future. In practice. We cannot continue to have trade as usual relationships with a regime that has more than a million Uyghurs in concentration camps. We cannot continue to look the other way while Tibet is under occupation. We cannot tolerate a regime that uses hostage diplomacy.

Exactly as 80 years ago, it would have been inconceivable to partner with Germany, today it must be with China.

Colombe Cahen-Salvador, Co-founder, Atlas

Watch the full speech here

(Photo: May James)


The "Resist the CCP Day" Joint London Rally is co-hosted by Atlas, Free Tibet, Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities, Hong Kong Aid, Hong Kong Liberty, Power to Hongkongers, Tibetan Community in Britain and World Uyghur Congress.


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