Activists protest Chinese foreign minister’s Berlin visit

BERLIN: Exiled Hong Kong activist Nathan Law led a protest by several hundred demonstrators including members of the Chinese Uighur minority in Berlin on Tuesday (Sep 1) ahead of a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Speaking outside the foreign ministry, Law called for more support from Berlin over a security law imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong in June that radically increases its control over the financial hub and has led to a crackdown on dissent and protests.

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"What we need is action … This should be accomplished by the EU together and Germany should take the lead," he said.

"Berlin is very quiet when the topic is China. Berlin is very quiet when the topic is Hong Kong," he added.

Law was joined by supporters waving the blue and white flag of the Uighurs, a minority that suffers from repression and persecution in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, according to rights groups and experts.

READ: China's top diplomat Wang Yi dismisses European rights concerns over Xinjiang

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Law, 27, fled to Britain after Beijing imposed the security law following months of large and often violent protests calling for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability.

The move drew international condemnation, with the US imposing sanctions against Chinese officials, while countries including Canada, Australia, Britain and Germany have suspended extradition agreements with Hong Kong.

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