Some Vancouver-area municipal politicians recently participated in an event where Chinese consulate representatives celebrated the founding of the communist regime in Beijing.
On the same day, a number of rights groups gathered to protest the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in cities across Canada and in other countries, as part of a global movement against the regime's authoritarian rule.
The Oct. 1 celebration was held at the Vancouver Art Gallery and titled "The 4th Chinese Culture and Art Festival," according to several Chinese-language media. China's Consul-General in Vancouver Yang Shu and Deputy Consul-General Wang Chengjun attended the event.
City of Richmond councillors Alexa Loo and Chak Kwong Au attended the event, and Phoenix Television reported that the Canadian politicians joined in the celebration of the PRC's National Day.
The Epoch Times asked Chak and Loo for comment. Chak didn't respond, while Loo said her attendance at various community events "is not an endorsement of a particular belief."
"I attend community events, because I am part of the community. Arts, culture and sport are an excellent means of coming together, to learn about each other and create community," she said in an email.
One of the groups co-hosting the Chinese Culture and Art Festival was the United Global Chinese Women's Association of Canada (CWACA), according to a screenshot of a WeChat post from the organization shared by the substack Found in Translation. The Epoch Times reached out to CWACA but didn't hear back.
"The Federation of Jiangsu Returned Overseas Chinese will conscientiously implement the opinions of the Central Party Committee and the Provincial Party Committee ... study and implement the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, thoroughly study and implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's series of important speeches," the website said, adding that it will "uphold the spirit of united front" and "actively expand overseas work and work related to new overseas Chinese immigrants."
Loo said the Sept. 10 festival was a "multicultural art event."
Library ProjectAt the Sept. 10 library unveiling, CWACA president Maria Xu described the new library as a “book drifting station," explaining that “drifting” refers to the books having been first collected in China and then going on to other parts of the world.
The library is part of a project that aims to build 100 such overseas Chinese libraries worldwide by the end of 2023.
Global Anti-CCP ProtestOn Oct. 1, multiple organizations held demonstrations in major Canadian cities, including Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, in solidarity with a global anti-CCP protest to coincide with the PRC's National Day celebration.
In Vancouver, over 300 people gathered outside the Chinese consulate to protest the communist regime's abuse of ethnic and religious minorities, as well as other dissidents. Protesters came from various geographic backgrounds, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, Xinjiang, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
The protesters chanted while holding signs with slogans such as "Human rights for China," and "Stop China's Intrusion Now."
The Chinese consulate in Vancouver is about a 10-minute drive from the Vancouver Art Gallery.