Activists group protests against Chinese VP Han Zheng at UN headquarters

Tibet protestors

Activist group Student for Free Tibet (SFT), a prominent Tibetan student organization, staged a protest outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Wednesday during the visit of Chinese Vice President Han Zheng to the UN gathering.

The students group demanded the immediate closure of state-run colonial boarding schools in Tibet. The night before, a vivid illustration was projected on the side of a towering building that showed a child studying CCP propaganda in a state-run colonial boarding school, with slogans such as “One Million Children Stolen from Their Families,” “Han Zheng and China Committing Genocide in Tibet,” “Abolish China’s Boarding School in Tibet,” and “Tibet Will Be Free”.

Hours before Chinese Vice President Han Zheng was scheduled to attend a United Nations event, dozens of Tibetan youth activists banded together carrying banners, chanted slogans, and shared stories about the harsh realities faced by Tibetan children who are forced into China’s state-run boarding schools in Tibet.

Tenzin Myinle, Director of SFT Grassroots, emphasized the significance of their protest, stating, “During this trip, Han Zheng will spin China’s Colonial Boarding School system as a talking point for the modernization of Chinese-Occupied Tibet, weaponizing the UNGA’s platform to legitimize China’s genocide in Tibet.”

Tenzin Namgyal, President of SFT NYNJ, delivered an impassioned speech during the protest, calling on world leaders to protect Tibetan children. He spoke fervently about the plight of Tibetan children, some as young as four years old, who are becoming strangers in their own homes due to China’s genocidal colonial boarding schools.

The protest squarely condemned Chinese Vice President Han Zheng, who was in the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly, as well as the Chinese government, for their alleged role in committing genocide in Tibet. It called upon Beijing to “abolish China’s colonial boarding schools in Tibet” and further implored the United Nations to take a resolute stance against China’s actions.

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