Protesters take aim at Beijing's human rights record on China's National Day

Hong Kongers, Tibetans and Uyghurs burned PRC flags at demonstrations in several U.S. and U.K. cities.

Supporters in London rally on Oct. 1 - the 73rd anniversary of China’s National Day - to protest the CCP’s suppression of human rights among Tibetans, Uyghurs and Hong Kongers.

As world leaders congratulated China on its Oct. 1 National Day, protesters gathered in cities around the world to protest against the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s ongoing persecution of ethnic minorities and dissidents.

As the leaders of North Korea and Vietnam sent effusive letters of congratulation to Beijing to mark the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, protesters in London burned the Chinese flag, and threw maggots and dung on it outside the Chinese embassy, in protest at Beijing's human rights record.

Hong Kongers, Tibetans and Uyghurs organized around 15 protests in U.K. cities to mark the 73rd National Day and "say no to the CCP," as Russian president Vladimir Putin, Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel and Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni added their congratulations, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Chanting "China lied! People died! Shame on the CCP!", the demonstrators marched from Piccadilly Circus to the Chinese embassy, carrying placards opposing totalitarian rule by the CCP.

The flames were put out after police arrived at the scene, after which protesters shone laser pointers at the embassy windows. No reaction was observed from the embassy, although some curtains were closed.

A protester surnamed Wong, who emigrated to the U.K. two months ago, said she had taken part in the protest with three generations of her family president.

"What this day teaches us is that we lost our freedoms because of the party," Wong told RFA. "I don't think this is a day to celebrate, but a day when an axis of evil was established."