Empire State Building, NY Celebrates China's 60th Birthday

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Empire State Building, NY Celebrates China's 60th Birthday

Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:55 pm

Empire State Building lit for China, drawing ire



By MARCUS FRANKLIN, Associated Press Writer Marcus Franklin, Associated Press Writer – Wed Sep 30, 10:17 pm ET

NEW YORK – Red and yellow lights shone from the top of the Empire State Building at dusk Wednesday, a tribute to communist China's 60th anniversary that protesters labeled "blatant approval" of totalitarianism and criticized as inappropriate for an icon in the land of the free.
The building is routinely lit with different colors to mark holidays and big events, but opponents questioned whether it's right to commemorate a sensitive political issue, particularly when China has such a poor human rights record.
About 20 supporters of Tibet, which China has ruled since shortly after communists took over in 1949, protested outside the building during a ceremonial lighting of a scale model inside the lobby. They chanted "No to China's empire; free Tibet now," and held signs reading, "Empire State Building celebrating 60 years of China's oppression."
Lhadon Tethong, executive director of Students for a Free Tibet, called the lighting "outright, blatant approval for a communist totalitarian system."
"It's a great public relations coup for the Chinese state," Tethong said as tourists gawked at the protesters. "But on the other hand, it's sure to backfire because the American public and the global public will speak against it."
At the lobby ceremony, building manager Joseph Bellina called the lights a high honor and said he was proud of the relationship between "our countries and our people."
Chinese Consul General Peng Keyu, who pulled the switch on the glass-encased model, said he was "honored and delighted."
He said China's reforms of the past 30 years have led to greater openness and "tremendous change."
Keyu and Bellina didn't address critics and declined to answer questions.
Journalist and blogger Marc Masferrer questioned legitimizing a government that continues to repress its citizens' freedoms, including their access to media and the Internet.
"I don't think one of our great landmarks should be turned into a platform to honor a regime and a system responsible for as much tragedy and all the other things that come with a repressive system," he told The Associated Press.


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Tibetan demonstrators project Tibetan flag onto building.
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Post by muni on Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:56 pm

"China has such a poor human rights record"

No words.

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Post by LauraJ on Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:21 pm

It's hard to know just what to say, how to express.
I don't think the lighting was a good idea :covereyes:

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