Tell Liverpool FC to drop its sponsorship deal with Tibet Water
Tibet Water Resources Limited exploits the natural resources of Tibet with the help of the Chinese military occupation. So why has Liverpool FC signed a sponsorship deal with the company?
Tibet Water is only able to take resources from Tibet because the brutal Chinese military occupation allows it to — it owes its profits to the repression, torture and denial of political freedoms that have become commonplace there.
In turn, its brand — and now Liverpool FC — lends legitimacy to the occupation, creating a cycle of violence and repression.
Tell Liverpool FC to drop its sponsorship deal with Tibet Water — NOW!
Political repression isn’t even the only reason that Tibet Water doesn’t make a good partner for an institution like Liverpool FC — there are serious environmental problems, too.
Bottling water from Tibetan glaciers exacerbates the existing threat to Tibet’s resources already posed by climate change and pollution — making an already bad situation even worse.
The Chinese government knows it can only continue to get away with repression in Tibet if its occupation has legitimacy. And associating Tibet with major global brands like Liverpool FC is a great way to normalise the brutal situation.
Premier League clubs have never been richer, with Liverpool receiving over £148m from TV and prize money last year. The club has also just returned to the Champions League, earning them tens of millions more — they can easily afford to drop this reckless deal.
Tibetans have been protesting the move already, handing out leaflets at Liverpool’s opening day Premier League fixture. Now they need our help — sign the petition to let Liverpool FC know that they can’t support the military occupation and exploitation of Tibet’s resources.
Liverpool FC — stand up for Tibetans and cancel the deal with Tibet Water Resources Limited.