Protesters out in full force as Meng Wanzhou heads back to court

Kenneth Pittman / January 20, 2020

A group of protesters show their support for Canada outside of the Supreme Court
(Kenneth Pittman / BCIT News)

Protesters arrived at the BC Supreme Court in downtown Vancouver as Meng Wanzhou was back in court on Monday for her extradition hearing. The hearing comes just over a year after Meng was arrested in Vancouver on behalf of the United States.

It was a move that has been highly controversial, as it strained relationships between Canada, the United States, and China.

Meng has been under house arrest in her Dunbar residence awaiting the extradition trial. Today though, was not all about her.

With the added media attention, protesters used their voice to show their displeasure with Huawei and more noticeably, the Chinese government.

“We are here to protest Huawei and Meng Wanzhou because Huawei is a communist company.” – Zhu Shengwu, protester

Huawei was a hot topic of debate both inside and outside of the courtroom today, but they weren’t the only ones under fire.

A group of young people were out front holding signs that said “Free Ms. Meng. Bring Michael home. Trump stop bullying us. Equal Justice.” These signs refer to two Canadians who were detained in China, following Meng’s arrest.  In a move that was largely seen as retaliation, China maintained that the two were not connected.

Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have been detained in China for over a near now, with the Chinese government accusing them of espionage.

The largest group of protesters were voicing their displeasure with the Chinese government in the handling of Uighers. The Uighers are a Turkish minority group originating from the general region of Central and East Asia. While the numbers are still unclear, numerous reports suggest that the Uighers have been detained in Xinjiang, China in mass detention camps aimed at changing their political thinking.

A smaller group of protesters took to the streets to voice their anger towards China’s “dictatorship” while simultaneously showing support for Canada in their fight against China.

With Meng’s hearing expected to last the week, and with the world watching, the protesters will have ample opportunities to have their voices heard.