#BoycottBeijing2022: more protests across Belgium call for diplomatic boycott of Winter Olympics

A protest was held at historic Ijzertoren tower in Diksmuide, Belgium, against China's human rights violations urging the world community to boycott the forthcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

A large number of community people congregated from many cities including Brussels, Antwerp, and Mechelen on Saturday. Demonstrators displayed a protest flag and Tibetan Flag at Ijzertoren tower.

Meanwhile, yesterday Uyghur rights groups along with Tibetans gathered in Diksmuide city to protested against China's human rights violations.

"To raise awareness of Genocide games Beijing2022 we co-organised the protest with Tibetan friends, gathered in Diksmuide, Belgium where thousands of soldiers sacrificed their lives for the peace during the World War 1," said the Belgium Uyghur Association in a tweet on Saturday.

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Another protest was also held in Belgium's Antwerp by Uyghur Association to spread awareness about China's human rights abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans and Hong Kongers.

It came after 243 global groups including the non-governmental organisations have called for action against China over human rights concerns as the Beijing Winter Olympics is set to begin in the first week of February.

"The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will open amid atrocity crimes and other grave human rights violations by the Chinese government, 243 non-governmental organizations from around the world said today. The groups urged governments to join a diplomatic boycott of the Games, slated to begin February 4, 2022, and for athletes and sponsors not to legitimise government abuses," said the Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a statement on Thursday.

"It is not possible for the Olympic Games to be a 'force for good,' as the International Olympic Committee claims, while the host government is committing grave crimes in violation of international law," said Sophie Richardson, China director at HRW.

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