Rights activists to stage multiple protests outside Google offices around the world ahead of the company’s shareholder meeting

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Tibetan, Uyghur, Chinese and ethical consumer activists press Google for concrete commitments to adhere to strong human rights policies and prevent another ‘Project Dragonfly’ debacle

[LONDON] To coincide with Alphabet’s AGM, [1] on Wednesday 19 June 2019, Tibetan, Uyghur and Chinese rights activists, along with ethical consumer campaigners and supporters, will directly call on Google management to urgently and unequivocally confirm they will not re-establish business relations with the Government of China because of their current cyber security laws, mass cyber surveillance and human rights abuses.

Actions are currently planned in at least 15 cities worldwide [see list below], organised by Tibet Groups including Free Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet, Tibet Action Institute [2] and other Tibet Network members; [3] the World Uyghur Congress; [4] consumer group SumOfUs [5] and other activists from Chinese, Tibetan and Uyghur communities.

Following a carefully worded statement from Google CEO Sundar Pichai [6] implying that the company has dropped plans for a bespoke search engine for the Chinese market, codenamed ‘Project Dragonfly”, activists will press Google for confirmation that Dragonfly is definitely dead, and call for a major shakeup of the company - as outlined in the shareholder resolution [7] - breaking it up due to concerns about human rights violations.

 

Details of protests

Protests will be taking place at Google headquarters in the following cities:

 

Asia Pacific:

Australia Contact: Kyinzom Dhongdue kyinzom.dhongdue@atc.org.au, +61 2(0)416 695 590

Sydney, 48 Pirrama Road - 12 noon to 1pm

New Zealand Contact: Thuten Kesang office@kesang.pl.net

Wellington Level 2, 3 Swan Lane, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Auckland PwC Tower 188 Quay St, Auckland, 1010 - 12 noon to 1pm

Taiwan - Contact: Penghsuan Lee penghsuan@tibetnetwork.org +886 912 545 542

Taipei No. 7 XinYi Road Section 5, Taipei, Taiwan

India Contacts: Thinley (Mumbai) +91 92055 13651, Tamdin Choedon (Gurgaon/Delhi) +91 82799 18103

Gurgaon Sector 15, Part II Village Silokhera, Gurgaon 122001 - From 9 am

Mumbai 3 North Avenue, Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East - From 9 am

 

Europe:

Sweden Contact: Anita Hagelin tibetkommitten@gmail.com

Stockholm Kungsbron 2, 111 22 Stockholm - From 12 noon

France Contact: Tenzin Jangchup jangchup6631@gmail.com

Paris 8 Rue de Londres, 75009 Paris

Germany Contact: Peter Irwin peter@uyghurcongress.org

Munich, Erika-Mann-Str. 33, 80636 Munich

UK - Contact: John Jones john@freetibet.org +44 7770681938

London, Six Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG - 12 noon - 2pm

 

North America:

Canada - Contact: Sonam Chokey sonam@studentsforafreetibet.org

Toronto 111 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2G4 - 3pm to 5pm

USA Contact: Tenzin Sonam operations@studentsforafreetibet.org

Cambridge 355 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

New York 111 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 - 3pm to 5pm

Los Angeles Playa Vista 12422 W. Bluff Creek Drive, Playa Vista, CA 90094

Seattle 601 N. 34th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

 

Latin America:

Mexico Contact: Tereluz Flores tereluz@tibetnetwork.org

Mexico City Google Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V., Montes Urales 445, Lomas de Chapultepec

 

Contacts:

Mandie McKeown, International Tibet Network
E: mandie@gmail.com
T: +44 (0)7748 158 618

 

John Jones, Free Tibet

E: john@freetibet.org

T: 0207 324 4605

 

Sondhya Gupta, SumOfUs

E: sondhya@sumofus.org

 

Notes:

  1. Alphabet Inc. became the parent company of Google in 2015. Alphabet’s AGM will take place on Wednesday 19 June in Sunnyvale, California.
  2. freetibet.org, studentsforafreetibet.org, tibetaction.net, www.tibet.se, friends-of-tibet.org.nz, tibetmx.org
  3. International Tibet Network is a global coalition of 170 Tibet related organisations and groups worldwide - tibetnetwork.org
  4. uyghurcongress.org
  5. Sumofus.org
  6. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/16/tech/google-china-ceo-sundar-pichai/index.html
  7. SumOfUs’s shareholder resolution can be read at https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1652044/000130817919000205/lgoog2019_def14a.htm#lgooga069