London: - Expressing solidarity with the people of Hong Kong, who are taking to the streets to fight for universal suffrage, Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK said they share and believe in the fundamental values and principles of human rights, freedom and democracy.
"Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK, a coalition of activists from China, East Turkestan, Tibet and the United Kingdom, stands united in opposition to the tyrannical rule of the Chinese Communist Party," Tibet Society, a founding member of Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK said in a statement dated 30 September.
"We share and believe in the fundamental values and principles of human rights, freedom and democracy," the solidarity group said, adding they will organise a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in London on Wednesday 1 October 2014, the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
"Today, these principles bring us together to resist the groundless life sentence of the Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, who has merely exercised his right to freedom of expression to promote equal rights for the Uyghur people. The persecution of Ilham Tohti reveals only the tip of the iceberg of gross violation of human rights of the Uyghur people.
Just like Ilham Tohti, senior Tibetan monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has been imprisoned for life on spurious charges after peacefully promoting equal rights for his people. Tibetans are being denied the most basic human rights, which has led to at least 132 Tibetans setting fire to themselves in protest against the Chinese Government since 2009.
We also express solidarity with the people of Hong Kong, who are taking to the streets to fight for universal suffrage. Their civil disobedience has gained the name the Umbrella Revolution when protesters started to use umbrellas to protect themselves from the police's tear gas and pepper spray. The strikes, which started in schools, are turning into a general strike involving trade unions and people from all walks of life. In the mainland China, people are being arrested for reposting news about the Hong Kong protests.
Never has it been more clearly illustrated as it is today that freedom, human rights and democracy are not merely rhetorical concepts. The Uyghur and Tibetan peoples' exercise of self-determination show the same aspiration for justice and equality as the Hong Kong people's struggle for democracy, for the equal value of ballots.
Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK condemns the repression of peaceful protests in Hong Kong. We call for the democratic rights of the Hong Kong people to be upheld. We further call on the Chinese government to release Ilham Tohti and Tenzin Delek Rinpoche with immediate effect.
We call on the international community to stand with and support democracy activists and human rights defenders in Hong Kong, Tibet, East Turkestan and China, to help bring about real freedom, human rights and democracy for all those currently living under the Chinese Communist Party's regime."
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, blocking at least four major areas around the city, including Admiralty, the Central business district, the bustling shopping district of Causeway Bay and Mong Kok in Kowloon.
The protests are widely expected to escalate on Wednesday to coincide with National Day celebrations. protesters demanding greater democratic reforms drew marching bands and hundreds of dignitaries to commemorate the day.
Many protesters said that today's Tibet, after what had happened there since the Chinese invasion and occupation in the 1950s, could be tomorrow's Hong Kong if the nation's citizens do not resist.