London — Tibetan Community in Britain will organise a campaign to raise awareness about Tibet's water resources and handing out leaflets about Tibet Water Resources Limited, a Chinese company that recently signed a deal with Liverpool FC.
"There will be water distribution reception Watford FC's opening match against Liverpool FC on Saturday 12 August 2017. Members of Tibetan Community in Britain will at Vicarage Road this Saturday for the opening Premiership match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC," the Tibetan Community said in a statement issued on August 11, 2017.
They said that "they will be distributing water bottles in order to raise awareness about Tibet's water resources and handing out leaflets about Tibet Water Resources Limited, a Chinese company that recently signed a deal with Liverpool FC."
The Tibet support group also said that "they will urge footballers and supporters not to fall into China's trap of exploiting Tibet's resources. Tibetan community in Britain wants to stress that Tibet Water Resources Limited (TWRL) is a Chinese Commercial company exploiting Tibet's resources and to highlight that Tibetans have no say or representation in the decision making process."
"The match is yet to begin and Liverpool has already conceded a goal. It is an own goal by Liverpool FC to deal with a Chinese commercial company that exploits Tibet's resources. Liverpool Football Club must understand the sufferings and sentiments of Tibetan people. Partnering with Tibet Water Resources Limited is like endorsing the occupation of Tibet and agreeing with treatment of Tibetans by Chinese regime", said Pempa Lobsang, the chairman of the Tibetan Community in Britain.
TCB's Spokesperson Tenzin Tashi la explains "Liverpool FC should know that China occupied Tibet by force and Tibetans are facing worst human rights abuses in the world. I urge Liverpool FC's Commercial Department not to trade human rights for commercial gain. I don't want Liverpool FC to be a partner in crime in abusing human rights of Tibetans".
They added: "Tibetan Community in Britain will hand out leaflets to supporters to explain the true situation of Tibet and Tibetans under Chinese occupation. Liverpool FC cannot be approving occupation of Tibet and the treatment of Tibetans. TCB demands Liverpool FC to stop befriending blood stained hands of Chinese companies who are committed in exploiting Tibet's' resources and abusing human rights of Tibetan people."
Tibetan Community in Britain demands the termination of this unholy and unethical partnership in torturing Tibetans further and save long standing reputation image of the club. There will be photo opportunities of Tibetans and supporters handing out leaflets and water bottles and can interview people on the day from 11:30 - 14:00.
The UK-based Free Tibet advocacy group in last month was warning Liverpool Football Club that its reputation is at risk because of a business deal with China, when the human rights abuses in Tibet continue to draw condemnation from across the world.
"It is regrettable that Liverpool Football Club has announced Tibet Water Resources Limited (TWRL) as their Official Regional Water Partner in China, London-based group Free Tibet said in a statement issued on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
"We urge Liverpool's commercial department to see the damage that this deal could cause to Tibetans, and the risks it poses to the club's reputation, and terminate this agreement," Jones added.