Students for Free Tibet UK calls for Apple: Stand with Freedom

On 11th February 2020, a Students for Free Tibet UK group protested outside the Apple flagship store in Regent Street, central London to raise awareness of Apple implied support for oppression in Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong by the Chinese dictatorship.

Our banners read ‘Apple: Stand with freedom’, ‘Apple: Stop supporting China’s crackdown on Freedom’ and ‘Stand with Hong Kongers, Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Taiwanese’.

We also planned to speak to the management of the store to urge them to raise these concerns during their upcoming Annual General Meeting. 

Without much surprise, our attempts to talk with the store managers did not go anywhere. The one manager who was prepared to speak with us kept repeating “I can’t make any political comment”.

One of our group, Anna, said: “Apple clearly has its employees on a very short leash. I asked a simple question, ‘Do you believe in Human Rights?’ and …. all they were able to say again and again was, ‘I can’t comment’. Like wtf? I admit they were pretty honest – they said they have to think about their job. Well, Tibetans are worried about their lives in occupied Tibet!”

Anna continued, “our fight isn’t against individual consumers or employees. I respect them. However, if Apple can silence an employee in London – I genuinely shudder to think about their human rights record within China, where respect for the individual has very few rights.”

We were happy that our awareness-raising protest at the Apple was noticed by many passers-by, shoppers and management at the store. Thank you to all who took part! 

Published by Students for a Free Tibet UK

Students for a Free Tibet UK (SFT UK) is a national network based in London, working in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for human rights, democracy and freedom. We are a group-based network of young people in colleges, universities or in the community across the United Kingdom. ‘We believe every individual has the right to be free. Those who enjoy freedom have the power and also a responsibility to make a positive change in the world.‘ (SFT HQ) The Tibetan cause is a fight for justice. It is a non-violence movement and promotes the fundamental rights and freedom of millions of people within Tibet. Tibetan culture, religion, language, heritage – our very identity – is threatened by the occupying colonial forces of communist China.

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