**Update 7 September 2018: Result! Liverpool FC has dropped Tibet Water! Over the past year, together with Tibet groups we’ve signed petitions, tweeted and shared images on Facebook, and driven a mobile billboard around Anfield on match days. And right as the new football season is getting underway, LFC have opted not to renew the controversial deal.**
Tibet Water Resources Limited (TWRL) 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?
TWRL 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 -- lend 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 TWRL 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 -- it 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 it 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.
Supporters of this campaign:
Associazione Italia Tibet
Auckland Tibetan Association
Australia Tibet Committee
Boston Tibet Network
Brazil Movimento Free Tibete Natal
Finnish Tibet Committee
Friends of Tibet New Zealand
India Tibet Friendship Society
International Tibet Network Secretariat
Lungta: Tibet Support Group Belgium
Students for a Free Tibet India
Students for a Free Tibet International
Students for a Free Tibet Japan
Students for a Free Tibet UK
Tibetan Community in Britain
Tibet Initiative Deutschland
Tibet Justice Center
Tibet Patria Libre, Uruguay
Tibet Society UK
Tibet Support Committee Denmar
Tibet Support Group Ireland
Tibetan Women’s Association
Tibetan Youth Association Europe
Tibet Society UK
US Tibet Committee
Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, Eastern Turkestan and Inner Mongolia
The Independent. 13 October 2017.
Central Tibetan Administration. 28 July 2017.
Liverpoolfc.com. 24 July 2017.