Small group of youths protest outside Chinese Embassy

Protest held in front of Chinese Embassy in Malé, Maldives on July 23, 2021 | Photo: Ahmed Ashad

Malé, Maldives – A group of youths have held a protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Maldives this afternoon condemning the alleged actions against Muslims in China by their government.

The youths also raised their concerns of the Maldivian governments debt to China in their posters citing China as “Loan Sharks”. The posters they used also had “ChinaOut” written on them.

Maldives Police Service had later cordoned off the road following reports of protests. Today’s protest against China comes while President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had said that he looks forward to reinvigorate Maldives-Sino relations following his phone call with President Xi on July 16, 2021.

This comes while human rights groups believe that China has detained more than one million Uyghurs against their will over the past few years in a large network of what the state calls “re-education camps”, and sentenced hundreds of thousands to prison terms.

There is also evidence that Uyghurs are being used as forced labour and of women being forcibly sterilised. Some former camp detainees have also alleged they were tortured and sexually abused.