Obviously the woman is pissed off. I wouldn't so much call her a heckler unless what she is saying is something silly about Hu. More of a protester which is fine by me. I suppose they dragged her away because she needed a permit or something to protest. Can't anybody just get up on a soapbox anymore and vent?
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Mrmeangenes From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2501 times:
Let me phrase this gently: Those of you who may have visited China have seen one (idealized) version of the country; but there is another,which is quite different.
The web site I'm going to pass along often has awkwardly phrased English,but the messages get through just the same. They are emailed comments from the "Underground"-often sent out at great personal risk.
Max999 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 981 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2469 times:
From what I've read about Falun Gong, they do have cult-like tendencies. They have a charismatic leader (Li Hongzhi) who has said that he's their only hope of salvation (something like that). Also, this guy doesn't sit well with me because he's rabidly homophobic.
However, I don't discount the group's claim of Chinese repression. The government oppression they face is probably real, but possibly exaggerated.
[Edited 2006-04-20 23:12:20]
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Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 47
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2443 times:
I don't like cults, but I have to say that this whole thing is being treated as an "embarassment" and "breach of security" when it should be seen as a good thing.
The Chinese leadership cracks down on dissidence in its own nation. Here in the U.S. we value the right of free speech. This woman was exercising that right and getting her say in a place where she should be allowed. President Hu is on our soil and needs to recognize this as expression of our values.
I hope they don't press charges against her. That would be a true violation of the First Amendment.
SATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2395 times:
I miss the day when the US used to complain about China's lack of human rights. I don't recall us ever actually doing anything about it (Republican or Democrat alike) but at least we had more to talk about than just the valuation of the Yuan.
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Fumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2364 times:
Quoting SATX (Reply 15): I miss the day when the US used to complain about China's lack of human rights. I don't recall us ever actually doing anything about it (Republican or Democrat alike)
I went to a huge rally in Chicago after Tienamen Square to protest. I have also boycotted Chinese products as much as possible, although, it is getting harder and harder lately. Keep in mind that I have been boycotting for over 15 years.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12826 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2354 times:
I think this person should get an award for bravery and I hope they get all the legal help they need for the charges thay face (if any). The 'People's' Republic has official policy of absolutly no freedom of religion and indeeds kills people whom show any real signs of faith independent of 'official' versions. You also have a wide range of political, social repression, policies that kill maybe 1 million unborn and live baby girls every year and thousands executed or murdered by the authroities every year for political crimes.
I am totally apalled at our official ass kissing from business executives to our President we have been doing to President Hu. I doubt the President - whom claims to be 'Christian' - will make a major point of the egreous and many ranges of human rights abuses China does. Yes, I know the USA is no angel either, but we don't abuse any where near what they do. On Wednesday, A congressional committee had hearings on the human rights abuses in China.
For the last several weeks at my job as a Legal Assistant for a law firm in NY City, I have been working on a brief and evindentary materials submission for a request for Asylum in the USA for a Tibetan national. He has been a victim of torture under the Chinese authorites when he lived in Tibet. His parents were apparently killed by the Chinese authorities when the protested in another town against the Chinese authorities. He was a village priest (Lama), protested against the opressive Chinese government, possessed and distributed pictures of the true Dali Lama. For that he was jailed in a cell like a dog house, beaten up for days including the use of a broken bottle permenantly scarring his arm (I have seen those scars), forced to hide in a cave for months to avoid authorites that would kill him and forced to flee with his wife and child to Nepal which isn't/wasn't a place for a Tibetan to be. About 2 1/2 years ago he somehow got false papers that allowed him to escape flying via Singapore and Japan to LAX and ending up in NY City where he lives now. He still suffers symptoms of PTS and worries about his wife and child.
His hearing where he can be given asylum, allowed to stay in the USA or sent back to China in on May 1st, a interesting choice of day for the freedom. If he is successful, then we have to find a way to get his wife and child to the USA too. So here is a story of the 'real' PRC.
Mrmeangenes From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2324 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 18): I think this person should get an award for bravery
Thanks for having the courage to share that with us !
People all around the world have been "conditioned" to accept Chinese propaganda at face value,and to be scornful of anyone who expresses an opinion contrary to "what everybody knows".
About the only reason the US "got under the sheets" with China in the first place was to encourage friction between the old USSR and China - back in the Nixon era.(We were able to do so because a rogue faction in Russia tried to launch a nuclear attack on Pearl Harbor - and blame the Chinese.Look up the story behind the Glomar Explorer if you have the patience.)
We should have eased out of the Chinese relationship at least a decade ago;but by then,big political contributors had invested heavily in China deals-even though it was common knowledge the "silent partner" in all such deals was the People's Liberation Army.
Unfortunately,things have gone so far, that anyone who brings up the topic of human rights in China (or the subtle encirclement of the West) is accused of paranoia, xenophobia,and tripping little old ladies as they cross the street.
Keep telling the truth,my friend - and permit me to add you to my "respected" list !
QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2303 times:
Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 4): Can't anybody just get up on a soapbox anymore and vent?
Not when the President of China is involved.
A few years ago President Bush and President Hu addressed a join-sitting of the Australian parliament over two days. On the first day, a Senator from the Australian Greens party stood up during Bush's speech and heckled him along the lines of "We are not your deputy sherrif, we don't want to go to war...." - an attempt was made to eject him from the chamber. A resolution was made after the incident to ban him and another Greens Senator from the House for 24 hours.
Despite this, the address by the Chinese President was almost cancelled because he feared being heckled again. As it turns out, this didn't happen.
It just showed me the difference between American and Chinese politics. While heckles against Bush were greeted with his now famous phrase (in Australia at least) "Hey - I love free speech!", potential heckles against the President of China were almost met with a boycott of the speech to parliament.
So now free speech is a chargeable offense... on public property (the White House)... President Bush should be ashamed. Since when did foreign officials get the right to dictate their policy on our soil?