The sponsorship deal of Liverpool with Tibet Water Resources will be the subject of a protest that will be held this Sunday before their Premier League match with Manchester City.
A mobile billboard is set to be paraded in the area that is surrounding Anfield before the said match, saying that the agreement of Liverpool to make the firm their official water partner in China “legitimises the torture of Tibetans.”
The billboard was organised by consumer campaigners SumOfUs and Tibet campaign groups. It will display a message saying: “Under Chinese rule, Tibetans are beaten and tortured for their beliefs. John W. Henry: Your deal with Tibet Water legitimises the torture of Tibetans. Liverpool FC: Do you think this is okay?”
A petition was launched in October by the Free Tibet group which asked Liverpool to drop the said sponsorship received more than 80,000 signatures.
At that time, the Tibet Water Resources said in a statement that was publicly released: “As recently as 2016 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report ‘China National Human Development Report’, which specifically recognises that our company has helped measurably improve Tibetans’ livelihoods by providing more job opportunities, building local facilities, as well as supporting local education, medical care and poverty alleviation.
“As a Hong Kong-listed company we comply with all regulatory issues with periodic disclosure of our operating performance.”