Arab News Japan
TOKYO: Activists of Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Mongolia, Tibet, and Uighur who reside in Japan took to the streets of central Tokyo today (July 1), protesting against “the repression and human rights abuses by the Chinese communist regime” against their communities in China. They had a face-off against Chinese residents carrying their national flags and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party.
Japanese police separated the two groups who shouted at and provoked each other.
Protestors also displayed missing people in their communities and lit candles while several young girls arranged yellow flowers and paper cranes.
One Muslim Uighur demonstrator said his people “are suffering from discrimination and harassment by China” and that the Chinese “have forced them to speak Mandarin Chinese.”
A young Chinese woman from Shanghai who is married t0 a Japanese national said she opposed “the Chinese Communist regime and confiscated and nationalized her grandparents’ property.”
Hong Kongers, in particular, denounced the crackdown on journalists on their island. One of them, Mr. Wai Tong Li, told Arab News Japan that “Japan is still a democratic country, unlike Hong Kong, where you can be arrested simply for expressing your opinion.”