Rallies were also held in about 52 cities across 23 countries on the same day to commemorate the two-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.
Ten UK cities joined the commemoration, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Nottingham, Reading, Leeds, and Liverpool.
MPs, Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, and representatives of other human rights groups were among those attending the London rally.
Former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “poses the single biggest threat to the concept of freedom around the world at the moment.”
But it’s afraid of “free people” such as pro-democracy Hongkongers because they “can change China,” and that’s what they will do, he said.
Speaking to the crowd on Saturday, Duncan Smith said he was “humbled” to be at the rally.
“You are the great people. Not people like me or politicians, it is your determination to stand for freedom. Many years ago, a British politician called Gladstone said there is no greater bulwark against tyranny than the breasts of brave men and women. You are the breasts of free men and women and I am proud to stand with you today, he said.
Duncan Smith also said that the fight between the CCP and the democratic world is “an ideological fight that is going to get worse,” and that there’s “no way of hiding any longer” for the Western governments.
“I think all the G-7 need to understand the real challenge that we face, which is an intolerant, dictatorial, communist regime,” Duncan Smith told reporters ahead of the rally.
Speaking to NTD afterward, Duncan Smith said, “What we represent on the other side of that is freedom through democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.”
“It’s very simple. This is an ideological fight that is going to get worse. But the Western governments need to face up to this. There’s no way of hiding any longer. China’s ambition is to turn the world into China. And our job is to stop that,” he said.
BY LILY ZHOU