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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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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 12

There actually was television news coverage when the late Takster Rinpoche (TJ Norbu, elder brother of HH Dalai Lama) visited.
Here are some excerpts from that coverage:

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 11

To commemorate the anniversary of Tibetan Uprising day on March 10, 1996, members of Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda (CACCP) once again visited the main gate of Florida Splendid China.

At the main gate of Florida Splendid China - March 10, 1996

At the main gate of Florida Splendid China – March 10, 1996


The median in front of the main gate of Florida Splendid China on March 10, 1996

The median in front of the main gate of Florida Splendid China on March 10, 1996

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 10

One of the memorable events was the Commemoration of 54th Anniversary of Take-over of Inner Mongolia on April 28, 2001.
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In June 1997, five (5) Uighur men from Kashgar, Eastern Turkestan (aka as Xinjiang,) hung a Republic of Eastern Turkestan flag over the Mao statue in Kashgar and eventually were executed by Chinese Communist authorities. Our actions were to commemorate those brave men who just wanted to live free in the country of their birth and the land of their ancestors.

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 9

Here is one of the letters we sent to Florida Splendid China management.
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February 3, 1997
Mr. Sunny Yang
Chairman, Splendid China
3000 Splendid China Blvd.
Kissimmee, Florida 34747

Dear Mister Yang,

To commemorate the 38th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day, we will be holding a protest demonstration at the main gate of Florida Splendid China, starting at 9 AM on the 9th of March. As in the past at all protests we have announced, this will be a peaceful, non-violent, legal demonstration of our solidarity with our Tibetan, Southern Mongolian and Eastern Turkestani friends.

We wish to call attention to the plight of the Tibetan, Southern Mongolian, and Uighur peoples that have been under the occupation of the People’s Liberation Army forces and the Chinese Communist Party and how some of the exhibits in the theme park portray these peoples as ‘Chinese’.

The Potala Palace was built by Tibetans, as was the Tomb of Apak Hoja and the Id Kah Mosque built by the Uighur people. The inclusion of the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, in an attempt to teach people that he was Chinese, should cause you much shame and the Mongolian Grassslands exhibit is a unique facet of Southern Mongolian culture, not Chinese. The identification of these structures as ‘Chinese’ is insulting and an attempt to whitewash the brutal suppression of these people’s cultures and the fact that they were subjugated under the force of arms and remain under the iron-fisted control of the People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese Communist Party.

We remain ready to speak with you at your earliest convenience concerning this matter. As all our letters have gone unanswered thus far, I can only hope that you are reading them and will someday take the opportunity to contact us. Be aware that as our campaign gains momentum, as demonstrated by the six demonstrations in front of your facility last year (from two the year before), and other activities which we are pursuing, the point of no-return can be easily reached without notice. I urge you to contact either myself or any person that might mediate our dispute.

Thank you for your time and attention,

Jack Churchward
Coordinator
Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda

The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 8

On December 18, 1999, demonstrators gathered to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the opening of Florida Splendid China.

We tried to donate a new exhibit to the park, again.
We called it the Torturer’s Jail, and the park’s management was somehow upset with us for displaying it in front of the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China.
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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 7

On June 2, 1996 we commemorated Democracy Day and the seventh anniversary of the TianAnMen Square massacre.

Flag Man and Our Protectors (Notice the famed EMT vehicle and another park security vehicle in the background)

Flag Man and Our Protectors
(Notice the famed EMT vehicle and another park security vehicle in the background)

The park was still calling law enforcement every time we showed up as shown above, even though there was never any property damage, unauthorized entry into the park, and we picked up after ourselves.

We can't do it there, but we can do it here ! Protesters and view of the rear of the Potala Palace Exhibit

We can’t do it there, but we can do it here !
Protesters and view of the rear of the Potala Palace Exhibit

 Protesters Lined Up along the Back Wall (May be a familiar scene elsewhere)

Protesters Lined Up along the Back Wall
(May be a familiar scene elsewhere)

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 6

On March 14, 1998, another demonstration was held in Commemoration of 39th Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day.

A new banner was used as shown in the photos below:

China Lies - Freedom Dies at the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China

China Lies – Freedom Dies at the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China

China Lies - Freedom Dies at the rear of the park with Tibet's Potala Palace in background

China Lies – Freedom Dies at the rear of the park with Tibet’s Potala Palace in background

China Lies - Freedom Dies at the Irlo Bronson Hwy entrance

China Lies – Freedom Dies at the Irlo Bronson Hwy entrance

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 5

On July 16, 2000 an activist entered Florida Splendid China with the intent of holding up the flags of occupied nations in front of their exhibits. Called the Stealth Action since armed security had been stationed at the theme park and the lack of visitors could have allowed anything to happen while they were inside. Thankfully, there were no problems encountered.

In front of the so-called 'Mausoleum of Genghis Khan'

In front of the so-called ‘Mausoleum of Genghis Khan exhibit’

In front of the Tomb of Apak Hoja exhibit

In front of the Tomb of Apak Hoja

In front of the Potala Palace exhibit

In front of the Potala Palace exhibit

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 4

On March 16, 1996 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, Students for a Free Tibet and others marched to the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China and proceeded to shut down the entrance in an act of civil disobedience.

Marching to the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China

Marching to the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China


How things looked before the civil disobedience started

How things looked before the civil disobedience started

Upset security folks milling about when SFTers sit down

Upset security folks milling about when SFTers sit down

Police protecting SFTers before the arrests

Police protecting SFTers

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