Target: President of China, Xi Jingping
Goal: Release all pro-democracy supporters in China
As Hong Kong is fighting for an impartial and transparent election regarding who will run the city, China has detained 20 pro-democracy supporters and are currently questioning 60 people under the guise of “inviting them to tea.” These people are being targeted because they support democracy in a nation that is Communist and supporting any other system violates national law. China’s policy violates international law, as every person has the right to express their opinions without being arrested, interrogated, or tortured. Tell the president of China to stop this unethical treatment and release all supporters immediately.
This is not the first time China has rounded up supporters for democracy. The nation bans the use of many popular internet sites, preventing citizens from exercising their rights to freedom of speech. The nation also has a history of detaining, torturing, interrogating, and punishing those that speak up against the nation’s policies. Activists and journalists are regularly targeted by the Chinese government. The repeated violation of human rights explains why protesters in Hong Kong are fighting for their right to a fair and impartial election.
China recently announced that the next Chief Execution of Hong Kong will only be an official that has been approved by the Chinese government. When Hong Kong was given back to China in 1994 by Great Britain, the agreement stated that Hong Kong would be able to act under a “high degree of autonomy.” By placing a leader that is not chosen by the people, China is violating this agreement. This is why so many Hong Kong citizens, particularly university students, have taken to the streets to protest. China should not be punishing those who are supporting this just cause. The country should be allowing the people to express themselves without fear of punishment. Demand President Xi Jinping to release all pro-democracy supporters immediately.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
I am not happy that your country declared the protests in Hong Kong illegal, thereby branding all protesters criminals. Many of these protesters are university students who realize that their human rights are being stripped away by their government. These protests have been largely peaceful, but the police have used excessive force to control these crowds. Hong Kong has the right to choose its next leader, but instead the Chinese government is installing an official that has been stamped with government approval.
There are many supporters in favor of Hong Kong, but because these people spoke out, they are being detained and interrogated. This is a blatant violation of their rights and I must ask you to release these people immediately. You are rounding up people who are peacefully expressing their support and ideals. As a leader, you must allow your people to speak freely and honestly without punishment.
[Your Name Here]
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