Demonstration for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in Vancouver

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Demonstration for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in Vancouver





© Marc-Antoine Bélanger / Radio-Canada
Event organizer Maninder Gill calls for the release of Michael Spavor, detained in China since December 2018.


A hundred protesters gathered outside the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on Saturday demanded the release of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

Arrested in China a few days later Meng Wanzhou’s arrest, Huawei’s chief financial officer, by Canadian authorities, they have been detained there since December 2018.

Last Friday, they were formally accused of spying.

Event organizer Maninder Gill calls on the Canadian government to pressure China and “demand the release of the prisoners immediately.”


Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been behind bars in Beijing for a year and a half now.


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Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been behind bars in Beijing for a year and a half now.

Call for boycott

Protesters’ criticisms of the Chinese government go far beyond the Kovrig and Spavor case, and touch what they deem to be China’s general violations of democracy and freedom of expression.

In a speech to the assembled crowd, Mr. Gill raised the threat of a boycott of products from China.

We should boycott products from China that we can make in Canada“, He pleads. “Before 1980, everything was produced in Canada, but now we depend on Chinese goods.

The Chinese consulate in Vancouver did not respond to requests from Radio-Canada.

With information from Marc-Antoine Bélanger

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