Rome, Italy: Tibetans and Hong-Kongers assembled in Rome in Farnesina Square before the Italian foreign minister’s office to protest against the egregious human rights violations in Tibet and the imposition of National Security Law in Hong Kong during the visit of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on 25 August 2020. Wang Yi was received by his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio, Foreign Minister of Italy.
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi is on five-country Europe visit to re-build China’s shattered image especially after the COVID-19 fiasco which has unleashed global catastrophe killing millions and slumping the world economy. With many European countries now reconsidering their association with Chinese Huawei 5G technology, Wang Yi’s Europe trip is part of desperate “damage control” and “image rebuilding” efforts of China. Wang Yi will be visiting Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France and Germany from 25 August to 1 September, 2020.
Many Tibetans and Hong-Kongers came to Farnesina Square and staged protests during the Wang-Yi’s secretive visit which was announced last minute with no specific dates and details disclosed.
Nathan Law, an activist and youngest ever elected legislative councilor from Hong-Kong was invited by Italian Senators to meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
During his press interactions, Nathan Law highlighted the need to address the human rights violations being carried out by the Chinese government while engaging with China and the need to be aware of “their infiltration and their authoritarian expansionist nature.”
He further added that, “I have been witnessing the gross human rights violations for the past years including the suppression of the freedom of religion and the suppression of the freedom of expression and the things happening: the concentration camps in Xinjiang, the cultural annihilation in Tibet, the military intimidation to Taiwan and also all the military moves in South-China Sea. These are human rights violations that we should address.”