Pro-democracy student activist Joey Siu and Tibetan student arrested in Athens for hanging anti-China banners


17th October 2021 – (Athens) Joey Siu, the former vice president of foreign affairs of the City University Student Union, was arrested at the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. She was suspected of hanging up the anti-Chinese “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of times” flag and a “Snow Lion Flag” used by the de facto independent polity of Tibet on the iron scaffolding of the Acropolis with a Tibetan student. She then called for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics next year. The Athens police arrived at the scene and arrested the two people. The incident lasted 10 minutes.

The 22-year-old Joey Siu and an 18-year-old Tibetan student entered the Acropolis as paying customers. They climbed into an iron scaffold and tried to pull up the banners. A security guard came forward to stop them and the flags were confiscated. They chanted Tibetan independence and shouted “No freedom, no Games” and other slogans, calling for boycott against the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year. The Athens police then came to the scene to arrest them. Both of them were members of the “No Beijing 2022” movement and they were American citizens.

Siu used her position as a student activist to try to lobby lawmakers abroad and bring attention to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy struggle, actions that became even riskier under the national security law. She went to United States to continue fighting for Hong Kong from United States.