Protesters in Washington Square Park show support for anti-lockdown protests in China

Dozens of people gathered in New York’s Washington Square Park on Sunday, December 4, in solidarity with anti-lockdown protests in China.

Footage filmed by Twitter user @Datainput shows protesters holding various flags, banners and chanting. Several speakers also took to the stage to deliver speeches on Sunday.

Vigils and protests are reported to have taken place in cities including London, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney after 10 people were killed in a fire at a high-rise residential building on November 24 in Urumqi, Xinjiang region, central China. northwest China. Credit: @datainput via Storyful

Video Transcript

[DRUMBEAT]

[CHANTING]

[CHEERING]

Thanks. And then we have an anonymous protester from Hong Kong who will share a few words.

[DRUMBEAT, CHEERING]

As a man from Hong Kong, I would say that we stand with all Chinese people who support democracy and freedom. And what happened in China is very similar to the students in Hong Kong. Like the college student who has a speech and then they got together to protest together. So I think the next thing the Chinese can do is make us stronger and stronger and come together. Thanks.

[CHEERING]

[INAUDIBLE] Hong Kong.

[INAUDIBLE] for Hong Kong.

[DRUMBEAT, CHEERING]

OK. Next comes a [INAUDIBLE] activist who will read aloud the means of [INAUDIBLE] languages. But it is important to note, however, that this is an incomplete list based only on the information we were able to access outside of China, outside of the [INAUDIBLE] out of Tibet. This lack of reliable information testifies to the draconian repression of information and the media black hole under Chinese rule.

What we know comes mostly from brave voices who have shared what little information they have. So even in the face of such severe oppression, this is proof that we are stronger together. When we work together collectively towards justice.

Exactly!

[CHEERING]

The Uyghur Genocide. If anyone doubts the concentration camps that have existed for years, we have with us a survivor and a hero. She’s standing right here. Proud.

[CHEERING]

So let’s do a good round of English singing and then we’ll give it back to Alex. So let’s say it. End the Uyghur Genocide.

End the Uyghur Genocide.

End the Uyghur Genocide.

End the Uyghur Genocide.

Free [INAUDIBLE]

Free [INAUDIBLE]

Liberate Hong Kong.

Liberate Hong Kong.

Free Tibet.

Free Tibet.

Free Mongolia.

Free Mongolia.

Free Taiwan.

Free Taiwan.

Thank you everyone.

[CHEERING]

Okay, let’s go. To conclude, we have some lyric sheets that have been distributed. We will sing “Do you hear the people sing” and the Chinese national — the International. If you can’t get a sheet, we apologize. We have very little paper.

[INAUDIBLE] at present?

You can retrieve it on your phone. And it will be closing.

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