Dozens of people on Sunday, April 10, burned China’s flag in front of the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles to protest the crimes committed by the Chinese government. On the same day, people in Northern California also held a protest in front of the local Chinese Consulate.
According to Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan, the Los Angeles protest’s organizer said that in the past few decades, the Chinese government has created countless human rights disasters and persecuted numerous Chinese people. Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, the party’s persecution of female political prisoners has intensified, and its methods are incredibly inhumane.
For example, citizen journalist Zhang Zhan was sentenced to prison for investigating the truth about the coronavirus. Her physical condition had deteriorated sharply, and even in time, she was on the verge of death.
Early this year, China arrested Beijing Falun Gong practitioner Xu Na. She was illegally sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Shandong rights activist Li Yu, who won the ninth Oscar Chinese Human Rights Awards, disappeared this February and is still missing. Multiple years in prison have separated the mother and her young son for nine years. The list goes on.
Huang Jianbin, one of the event organizers, said that the Chinese government had caused one human tragedy after another. With the example case of Ms. Li Yu’s imprisonment and forced separation from her son for nine years, he said nothing is unimaginable with the Chinese regime. He hoped the Chinese people could stand up and overthrow the regime.
Li Aifei from Hong Kong told Da Ji Yuan that China openly destroyed Hong Kong and stifled “one country, two systems” as promised when it regained control of the city from Britain. Li said that people worldwide should clearly understand that as long as China’s totalitarian regime exists, everyone can become a victim.
This is not the first time people have burned flags at a Chinese consulate to protest Beijing’s human rights abuses.
On June 4 last year, demonstrators burned a Chinese flag on the Tiananmen Square massacre’s anniversary. The footage was filmed outside the Chinese Embassy in London.
Most recently, in February, hundreds of Tibetans rallied near the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, India, to protest the Beijing Winter Olympics. They called it “genocide games” and condemned China for its role in thousands of Tibetan deaths and its human rights violations of millions of people.