Friends of Canada-India, others hold protest against China

Friends of Canada- India along with seven other organizations have staged a protest against China infront of Chinese Consulate Office in Vancouver demanding the release of two detained Canadians in China. It also protested against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime, raised concerns over China’s new Hong Kong national security law, demanded China to free Hong Kong, Tibet, and the Indian part.

Maninder Gill of Friends of Canada-India said that the law threatens freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Mr Gill strongly condemned China for its irresponsible actions and dictatorship approach. Mr. Maninder Gill, Ashish Manral, Avtar Johal, Paul Braich, Baljinder Cheema, Gurcharan Sarabha, Parmjit Khosla, Dr Hakam Bhullar were leading the protest by raising slogans against China.

More than 500 people participated in the protest.

The organisers said that protesters followed all Covid-19 guidelines issued by the BC Ministry of Health. People were wearing masks and social distancing was maintained, they said.

The protesters were demanding the release of two detained Canadians caught in a diplomatic standoff over Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

The seven other organizations who joined Friend of Canada- India are, Canada Tibet Committee & the Tibetan Community, Friends of Canada India Organization, Vancouver Society of Freedom, Democracy & Human Rights for China, Vancouver Hong Kong Political Activists, Vancouverites concerned about Hong Kong, Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement (VSSDM), Vancouver Uyghur Association.

Mr. Maninder Gill of Friends of Canada- India thanked everyone at the end and said that despite COVID-19, it was a successful event.