October 1st marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
To mark this occasion, various groups from different countries held a protest in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco to accuse the Chinese government of aggression and hegemony.
The Filipino American Human Rights Alliance, Uyghur Human Rights Project, and the Students for Free Tibet were just among organizations under the Asians Against China’s Occupation and Repression or ACOR — which joined this anti-China rally.
Fil-Am protesters said they strongly oppose China’s aggression in the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea — which according to the ACOR, violates the rights of other claimant countries like the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
“But if they go beyond to the point that they are infringing upon exclusive economic zones of other countries, then we cannot be quiet. We cannot be silent,” said Ago Pedalizo from the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance.
The territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea is just one of the many issues behind this protest.
Protesters are also calling out China for its alleged genocidal policies and incarceration of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uyghurs, its occupation of Tibet, and the on-going brutal suppression of Hong Kong’s protests.
“You cannot infringe upon the rights of other people. Even the special autonomous region of Hong Kong, of the Xinjiang province have their own rights. They have no right to the police, they have no right to brutalize the young people of Hong Kong. We extend our solidarity to the brave people of Hong Kong because Hong Kong will have a ripple effect. If we lose Hong Kong, we’re gonna lose the rest of Asia.”