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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 29

On November 11, 2000, members of Florida Splendid China held a candlelight vigil in memory of Abduhelil Abdumegit. Abduhelil’s body was stuffed in a grave in late October (2000) and his family was not allowed to even view the body or visit the grave. Abduhelil’s three year incarceration, multiple tortures, multiple beatings and subsequent death stemmed from his attempt to organize a non-Communist Party approved youth group to fight drugs and alcohol in his community. Of course, this would be welcomed by most progressive governments, a community-based effort to keep kids off drugs and alcohol, but the People’s Republic of China considers it a crime. It is just one symptom of the colonial policies being carried out in occupied Eastern Turkestan (the so-called Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.)
The candlelight vigil was punctuated by a number of passing cars that honked horns in support. Also, the van and car loads of people that turned around and left were remarkable. After attendees explained the conditions inside occupied Eastern Turkestan, nobody wished to be a party to the lies and deception of Florida Splendid China.

Candlelight Vigil in memory of Abduhelil Abdumegit

Candlelight Vigil in memory of Abduhelil Abdumegit


Candlelight Vigil in memory of Abduhelil Abdumegit

Candlelight Vigil in memory of Abduhelil Abdumegit

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 28

The first Confronting the Propaganda In Front of the Propaganda was held on December 15, 2001 with statements read in front of the Tomb of Apak Hoja and Potala Palace exhibits.

Reading statement in front of Potala Palace exhibit at Florida Splendid China on December 15, 2001

Reading statement in front of Potala Palace exhibit at Florida Splendid China on December 15, 2001

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 27

During the Open House event held on June 25, 2001, members of Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda stood outside the main gate to greet the visiting Chinese Government Officials.

Greeting Chinese Government Officials at Main Gate of Florida Splendid China's Open House Event on June 25, 2001

Greeting Chinese Government Officials at Main Gate of Florida Splendid China’s Open House Event on June 25, 2001

It was an especially fun day since earlier in the week, word came out that former Florida Splendid China President Sunny Yang was under house arrest in Hong Kong for corruption in his management of the theme park and already the person sent to replace him had also been sent back to the PRC.

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 26

In June 2000, CACCP held a demonstration to a mark the 11th anniversary of the massacre of innocents in Tiananmen Square.

Gathering in the parking lot before the demonstration

Gathering in the parking lot before the demonstration

Gathering at the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China

Gathering at the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 25

On March 11, 2000, members of Citizens Against Communist Chinese propaganda demonstrated to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day. Tibetan Uprising Day commemorates the date in 1959 when the Tibetan people rose up against their oppressors from a foreign land and sought to protect the His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet from approaching People’s Liberation Army(PLA) Forces by forming a human wall in advance of the tanks, guns, and troops. Many lost their lives that day. The safety of the 14th Dalai Lama could not be guaranteed in his own land, for only two days later, the same PLA forces bombarded the Potala Palace, home to the Dalai Lamas since the 17th century. A short while later, His Holiness entered India, beginning exile from the ‘Land of Snows’.

Demonstrators at main gate of Florida Splendid China

Demonstrators at main gate of Florida Splendid China

Demonstrators at Potala Palace exhbit

Demonstrators at Potala Palace exhbit

Listening to His Holiness Dalai Lama's March Tenth Statement at main gate of Florida Splendid China on March 11, 2000

Listening to His Holiness Dalai Lama’s March Tenth Statement
at main gate of Florida Splendid China on March 11, 2000

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China part 23

Earlier in 2002, there were similar “Confronting the Propaganda in Front of the Propaganda,” demonstrations inside the theme park (not difficult if they set the annual pass to cost the same as one admission…)

One such action was to read a statement from the International Tibet Independence Network about the abduction of the reincarnate Panchen Lama by Chinese authorities. Arrested as a child and held incommunicado for years, it is a glaring example of the lengths to which Chinese Communist authorities will go to maintain absolute control.

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China part 22

August 31, 2002 a demonstration was held to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of plane crash that killed leaders of the East Turkestan Republic. A joint statement was read in front of the so-called Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, as well as a Uyghur American Association statement in front of the Tomb of Apak Hoja exhibit.

The video below indicates what happened outside the gates of Florida Splendid China for several hours while tens of thousand of automobiles drove by, just a few miles from Disney World.

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China part 21

August 31, 2002 a demonstration was held to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of plane crash that killed leaders of the East Turkestan Republic.
The following statement by the Uyghur American Association was video-taped in front of the Tomb of Apak Hoja exhibit at Florida Splendid China, inside the park.

Confronting the Propaganda In Front of the Propaganda

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 14

The second protest demonstration was held the day after the “Grand Opening” of Florida Splendid China on December 19, 2013.

A view of the demonstrators on Florida Splendid China Blvd.

A view of the demonstrators on Florida Splendid China Blvd. on the day after the ‘Grand Opening’

A view of the Tibetan National flag against a backdrop of the Potala Palace exhibit at the Florida Splendid China Theme park

A view of the Tibetan National flag against a backdrop of the Potala Palace exhibit at the Florida Splendid China Theme park on the day after the ‘Grand Opening’

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 13

The afternoon/evening before the demonstration to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the takeover of Eastern Turkestan (October 13, 1996), we made a visit to the now free portion of Florida Splendid China.

In addition to be followed by men in suits with conspicuous bulges where firearms are normally holstered, we also saw the bus from the Chinese embassy in Washington DC parked in the driveway indicating that the theme park was simply another Chinese government facility (as mentioned by the bus driver.)

Pointing Man pointing at Department of State Diplomatic License Plate on bus at Splendid China at 1730 hours October 12, 1996.

Pointing Man pointing at Department of State Diplomatic License Plate on bus at Splendid China at 1730 hours October 12, 1996.

We still do not understand why a Florida theme park required the presence of armed security.

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