Tibet advocates and activists urge Allianz to stop sponsoring Beijing Genocide Games
Berlin – Tibetan, German and Jewish activists chained themselves to the gates of Allianz’s headquarters in the German capital, Berlin, to demand that the company withdraw its sponsorship of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, which they describe as the “Genocide Games”.
Organizers told the ICTY that “activists are currently chained to the gates of Allianz headquarters in Berlin while holding a large banner that reads ‘Allianz: Abandon the Genocide Games!’
“Two weeks before the start of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, they are taking this step to demand that Allianz immediately and unequivocally end its sponsorship of Beijing 2022, dubbed the ‘Genocide Games’,” they added.
“As of 11:00 a.m. CET, the activists are still locked at the gates of the building and there are four police officers at the scene,” they said in a statement released the same day.
Two activists (a Tibetan and a Jew) marched peacefully to the entrance of Allianz, sat down at 10:00 CET and locked themselves in the doors of the building. They then started chanting slogans such as, “We are fighting for the liberation of Tibet.” Do not support the Chinese occupation!
The action comes more than two weeks after Tibet Initiative Deutschland (TID) activists filed a petition to Allianz with more than 46,000 signatures calling on the company to cancel its deal with Beijing 2022. TID has given the giant insurance two weeks to respond, but received no response.
“I was born in Tibet and had to flee my homeland when I was 6 years old. I never thought the fight for basic human rights would take so long. Allianz is supporting an Olympics in a country that oppresses Tibetans, Uyghurs and Hong Kongers,” said Padma Wangyal.
“Our tradition and our culture will be destroyed if we allow corporations to be complicit in China’s cultural genocide. My request to Allianz is simple: do not put commercial contracts above human lives,” added Wangyal, a 73-year-old Tibetan activist. at the gates of Allianz.
“Eighty years ago, Allianz supported a genocidal regime. Allianz says it has settled its Nazi support story. But the sponsorship of the Genocide Games in China makes it clear: Allianz is only pretending to have accepted its shameful past,” said Mischa Ushakov.
“Even decades later, its Nazi money follows the principle of profit before morals. Allianz knows about the Uyghur genocide, but it remains silent and is therefore complicit,” said Ushakov, a 23-year-old German activist and co-founder. from Never Again. Right Now, which is the other activist locked up at the gates of Allianz.
“For the past year, we have been trying to get Olympic sponsors like Allianz, Mars, Airbnb and others to take our human rights concerns seriously, but to no avail,” said Tenzin Yangzom, Grassroots director at Students. for a Free Tibet.
“That is why the activists were compelled to act peacefully today – to demonstrate to Allianz that their sponsorship of the Genocide Games makes them complicit in human rights abuses in China. I hope any CEO or any business leader who sees the action today will recognize that partnering with the CCP has consequences,” Yangzom added.