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Protests During China President Speech

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, April 20, 2006
16 years ago2,803 views

Non-tech related...
Chinese President Hu's speech at the White House was disrupted by a screaming female (Asian-origin) protester standing with other journalists. After some minutes, she was then carried away by two police man and a woman. I don't have a link as I saw this on CNN International just now, but I'd love to know what the woman was saying. If anyone knows...

/pd [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

yes, there appears to be a lot of resentment with the President visit.

Wonder if there will throw an apple pie on this face ?? :)-

Support Freedom! [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

The protester was quoted as saying: "President Bush, stop him from killing" and "President Bush, stop him from persecuting the Falun Gong".

Sadly, President Bush didn't use the opportunity to sharply point out to Dictator Hu that free speech is an essential human right, and that he must allow the Falun Gong and all Chinese people to be free.

Instead he apologized to the Butcher of Beijing, in effect bowing to the attrocities committed under Hu's regime. Apologizing to a dictator? How humiliating!

Worse yet, the protester was silenced by police, then arrested under some bizarre, unconstitutional law regarding "interfering with foreign dignitaries".

Hu may be a dictator, but as the ruler of the organ harvesters, the LaoGai and the Internet Gestapo, he sure isn't a dignitary.

The US Constitution specifies "Congress shall make NO law...abridging the freedom of speech" No law means NO law. The protester should have been hailed a brave hero. Hopefully after she is freed she will speak out even more publicly--unless Bush hands her over to Hu for organ harvesting and rendering into cosmetics, she will likely serve little if any jail time.

Support Freedom! [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

This is no mere protester!

Dr. Wenyi Wang is a well respected human rights leader, and a reporter with The Epoch Times, one of the newspapers most feared by Beijing for it's coverage of human rights attrocities in China: She is known to the Butchers in Beijing as she helps lead the international criticism against the persecution and slaughter of the Falun Gong, and indeed the Chinese refused her a passport to attend her father's funeral.

I'm still left in disgust at President Bush's apology to Dictator Hu. That he would apologize for someone' else's actions at an open press conference weakens him. This is America, not a Dictatorship like China.

That he would apologize over Dr. Wang calling Bush's attention to the murder (for organ harvesting) of peaceful Falun Gong practitioners is not only shameful but it reduces his moral stature to even complain to Hu about his human rights attrocities.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

I saw a report on BBC – apparently she also said "stop torture" or something. I think Hu already lost face over this, and then there was a faux pas by Bush who pulled Hu back to him on the stage. Also, Bush did mention he hoped for more freedom:

<<As the relationship between our two nations grows and matures, we can be candid about our disagreements. I'll continue to discuss with President Hu the importance of respecting human rights and freedoms of the Chinese people. China has become successful because the Chinese people are experience the freedom to buy, and to sell, and to produce – and China can grow even more successful by allowing the Chinese people the freedom to assemble, to speak freely, and to worship.>>

Transcript and video of the ceremony and speeches, as well as the protester's voice (bad Real Player streaming):

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

News of the disrupter was censored in China:

<<In China, authorities blacked out television feeds as Ms Wang heckled Mr Hu. CNN International said its signal to China was interrupted twice: when Ms Wang was shouting and later, when the network reported the incident.

The websites of the state-run China Central Television and the official Xinhua news agency made no mention of the protest. Both said that Mr Bush "held a solemn ceremony to welcome" Mr Hu.>>

Interesting bit on the side: The Epoch Times – a site Google agreed to censor in China – apologizes for Wenyi Wang's behavior and says it was not officially approved:

At the same time, The Epoch Times makes clear why Wenyi Want behaved this way. Maybe they're just apologizing for official reasons so they can continue to give press credentials.

Also noteworthy is that today censors the search results for [Wenyi Wang], probably because one or more of the sites in the results were already on the blacklist.

Support Freedom! [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

The White House is planning to prosecute the brave Dr. Wenyi Wang and put her in jail for up to 6 months.

The President and his staff are adopting Communist Chinese mehtods, not the other way around. Free speech is a crime in the People's Republic of Bush.


Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and express your outrage.

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