Live protest updates as campaigners call for end of Nottingham’s ties with China

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Campaigners are preparing to march through Nottingham city centre in a call on Nottingham City Council to end its sister-city relationship between Nottingham and the Chinese city Ningbo. Members of the Nottingham Stands With Hong Kong (NSWHK) group argue that evidence suggests China has supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Campaigners said on the same day three years ago – June 12, 2019 – Hong Kong citizens stood up with courage and fought against the Chinese totalitarian government but that many are still facing “ongoing oppression and prosecution”. They also say since the Russian invasion the city council has severed ties and terminated the sister city status with Minsk in Belarus and Krasnodar in Russia.

And NSWHK are staging a joint campaign with other UK cities in a call to end sister city status with China. The city’s link to the Chinese city is represented with the Ningbo Bridge, built over the A52 when the tram network was extended several years ago.

Read more: Ukraine invasion prompts Nottingham to sever ties with twinned Russian and Belarusian cities

The protest starts at 1pm from Old Market Square and campaigners will finish at Loxley House, the headquarters of the city council, so a petition can be handed over to city councillors for consideration to end the sister-city relationship.

The only other active twinning arrangement Nottingham currently has in place is with Karlsruhe in Germany. Ahead of the protest, city council Leader, Cllr David Mellen, said: “We support the march and look forward to receiving the petition from ‘Nottingham Stands with Hong Kong’ on Sunday. Earlier this year, having watched the events unfold in Ukraine, we took the decision to sever the union between Nottingham and the cities of Krasnodar and Minsk.

“The severance of those ties was borne out of our unwillingness to be associated with the actions of the Russian and Belarussian governments and was the right decision. In light of the petition, we will review our relationship with Ningbo and respond to the petition in due course.” Follow our live updates from the protest.

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