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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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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 3

In August 1994, Tibetan monks and performers from the Lalapaloosa Tour demonstrated at Florida Splendid China.
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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 2

On December 22, 1996, to commemorate the 3rd Anniversary of the Grand Opening of Splendid China, we were out again and this time we wanted to donate a new exhibit we called the Torturer’s Jail. It was the only real CCP exhibit within miles.

The Torturer's Jail exhibit

The Torturer’s Jail exhibit

Another view of the Torturer's Jail

Another view of the Torturer’s Jail

This is what happens to those who disagree in Lhasa (Hohot, Urumchi, or Beijing ) This is a view of the Potala palace that they don't want you to see !

This is what happens to those who disagree in Lhasa (Hohot, Urumchi, or Beijing )
This is a view of the Potala palace that they don’t want you to see !

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Victory Anniversary Approaches

A short twenty years ago, on December 18, 1993, the Chinese government owned and operated propaganda theme park known as Florida Splendid China opened near Kissimmee, Florida to demonstrations.

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The demonstrations continued over the next ten years.
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Until on December 31, 2003, Florida Splendid China closed their gates, marking the end of the Chinese Communist propaganda theme park.
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The victors have a history webpage at caccp.freedomsherald.org and another action website (in addition to freedomsherald.org) aptly named, themeparkkillers.com.

Over the next days and weeks, we will commemorate the tenth anniversary of our victory over the Communist Chinese propaganda machine.
Noisily and with gusto.

Comments welcome, but please remain polite or…

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Human suffering is abundant

Human suffering IS abundant.

Natural disasters some believe are God’s or Allah’s judgement on those afflicted or maybe karma. Most don’t consider the blame – their heart strings are pulled by the suffering, the forces of a malevolent Earth robbing the innocence of the victims and ourselves. These unexpected and seemingly random events are sometimes blamed on people, yet we all know that the Earth’s forces are only under control in the most benign of circumstances.

On the other hand, the suffering inflicted by human on humans is completely within our power to stop. I sincerely believe that our honor, the inherent spirit of humanity is sullied, no, our worth as a species drops several notches if we do not actively work to end this suffering.

For those safely tucked into their bubble where everything is snug and cozy and blissfully unaware of the inhumane treatment accorded some of our human brethren- stop reading. There is no desire on my part to let the cold hard reality eliminate the peace and happiness that you are experiencing.

On the other hand, if you do have a conscience and care about not just human rights, but also the alleviation of suffering  then I urge you to become informed about the great suffering in Inner Asia.

At the end of May 2012, the Chinese government announced their “Final Solution” for people living the pastoral lifestyle – they are to be removed from the land where they have lived in harmony for thousands of years and resettled in newly built apartment blocks. Although the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a signatory to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which states that “indigenous peoples shall not be forcefully removed from their lands,” Chinese government authorities have established an end-date for the nomads under their control. Citing ‘protection of the grasslands’ is one reason that they have stated, but they fail to understand that the degradation of the grasslands only started after they took over. How could the people who have lived in harmony with the grasslands for thousands of years be responsible? The real reason for their expulsion from the land is the exploitation of considerable mineral wealth beneath the ground. Mongolian herders have reported numerous instances of heavy-handed tactics to remove them and when they seek redress from government authorities they are faced with beatings and/or prison.

It isn’t only the Mongols, but Tibetan nomads and other ethnic minorities from what was once Eastern Turkestan, but now is called ‘Xinjiang” or  “New Dominion” by the Chinese government are also facing the same fate.

It isn’t only the nomads that have it rough. Religious practice is tightly controlled with avowed atheists (Chinese Communist Party [CCP] members) placed in charge of every authorized religious edifice and event. Unauthorized religious gatherings are illegal – no matter whether Christian, Muslim, or Buddhist. An entire religious sect has been outlawed because it had so many members that the CCP felt threatened – Falun Dafa or Falun Gong members have been jailed and suffered terrible consequences at the behest of Chinese government authorities.

If you’re not a nomad or particularly religious you are still not out of the woods, Recent policies, laws and regulations have outlawed education except in the Chinese language. Imagine trying to study the Uighur language, or history or culture in a foreign language. A people with a population greater than several European nations and all levels of education is outlawed in their language in their homeland.

Ancient cities such as Kashgar, famed waypoint on the Silk Route, or Lhasa, the ancient capital of Tibet, have been razed and are now undergoing reconstruction as Chinese cities – effectively erasing their history and any connection with 1500 years of non-Chinese culture and traditions.

The most horrific manifestation of the reaction to the cultural genocide are the instances of self-immolation in Tibet. It would be ridiculous to ascribe their actions as the orders from His Holiness the Dalai Lama or any Tibetan in exile. The facts on the ground are such that rather than commit violence against their oppressors – they have been willing to sacrifice themselves and willingly endure intense suffering to maintain their cultural, linguistic, historical identity rather than watch it erased and the memory retained in books or TV programs.

How we treat the weakest among us is how we should be judged as a species. If we dare to allow the sacrifice of our Tibetan brethren to be in vain, we are no better than the thugs that perpetrate the violence against peace-loving peoples. People with traditions and cultures that reach much further back than the tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party face an onslaught of laws, policies designed to eliminate their existence as a people.

Nobody is asking that you get wrapped around the axle and change your life, but a handwritten letter to your legislative representatives would be of immeasurable assistance. Let your Congressional representatives know that the Chinese government’s policies towards minority peoples, including Mongols, Uighurs, Tibetans, Kazakh, etc. are intolerable.

One letter.
One handwritten letter to tip the balance.

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Sample Letter
Dear Sir/Madame,
I am writing to express my complete dismay of the manner in which minority people’s rights are observed in the People’s Republic of China.
Policies, laws and regulations enacted by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are instruments of the cultural genocide against the minority peoples of China.
Specifically,
The restrictions on indigenous education that force minority peoples to learn the Han Chinese language and eschew the tongue of their native homeland.
Restrictions on religious observance, especially placing control of religious activities under the control of avowed atheists (CCP members.)
The destruction and/or complete control of cultural icons to reconfigure them to be consistent with CCP propaganda.
The ‘Final Solution’ for those individuals whose ancestors have lived the pastoral lifestyle for centuries.

Please use your great office to to help the millions of people suffering the destruction of their cultural identity have some hope for a brighter future.
Do not let the sacrifices of brave men and women go for naught.

Sincerely,

Times of India: “Chinese to harm Dalai Lama”

The day after I read about the new ‘lawlessness advisory,’ and how foreign business people can be beat-up and abused with no legal recourse, the Indian press once again drops a bombshell.

Alert for Chinese terror threat to Dalai Lama” is the title of an article in the Times of India. Now rather than a clandestine operation against His Holiness the Dalai Lama, someone blurted it out in public. Everyone has to know that the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has it out for His Holiness and has been actively pursuing means and measures to silence him. There are plenty of articles pointing out what the US planned to do against Castro and some of the schemes that were actually attempted; can anyone seriously believe that Chinese security forces would be any less egregious?

In the years to come, the full details may leak out, but for now, we have one plot that has been identified. Six Chinese nationals are bound for India with plans to harm His Holiness and they are labeled ‘from China’s secret service.’

(Please tell me I am not alone in believing that the activities of the government of the PRC are criminal and continuing to treat them like BFFs is nonsense. This has been going on for years, but everybody just wants to sweep it under the carpet for the sake of cheap labor.)

The PRC, the new superpower (and continuing to insist that it is still a 3rd world country,) plans to send people to a foreign sovereign nation for essentially a terrorist operation. From a government whose laws link opposing viewpoints as a form of terrorism and always whines on about meddling in their sovereign affairs, this is so hypocritical. On one point they set the bar for terrorism in their country to be ‘separatist ideology’ and then send thugs to actually commit criminal acts that, if carried out, would be considered a terrorist attack. And ‘meddling in the affairs of a sovereign nation’ is one phrase that the Foreign Minister of the PRC should forget to utter. This is but one example of their arrogance towards the people and laws of other nations and indicates they will get away with whatever we let them get away with. Like calling and threatening US citizens or sending spies into overseas communities, or attacking dissidents from official Chinese government facilities in foreign nations, or selling weapons and ammunition to the ‘other side’ during armed conflicts or just jailing all the dissidents you can get your hands on.
To silence Rebiya Kadeer, they have jailed her children.
To silence Hada, they jailed him for fifteen years and after his sentence was over (Dec. 2010), he is still confined – and his family.
The same is true for countless people and it continues every day.

So please, let your feelings be known to the new man at the helm of US-PRC relations, Vice President Joseph Biden. As his website reads:

“Vice President Joe Biden is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history”

If you care, let him know what you think, and – pass it along…

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