Category Archives: Eastern Turkestan

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 19

In May 1999, Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda held a conference in Orlando, Florida called, “Exposing Communist Chinese Government Influence in America.”
We had a great turn-out and listened to some speeches by informed individuals. The first panel, Exposing Communist Chinese Influence in America Panel Discussion included journalist Ken Timmerman.
The second panel, Exposing Chinese Government Propaganda Panel Discussion, featured talks by Erkin Alptekin, Bhuchung Tsering, Bache, and Sebo Koh, representing Eastern Turkestan, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Taiwan respectively.
The third panel, Panel Discussion on Florida Splendid China propaganda theme park exhibits, was conducted by Bhuchung Tsering on the Potala Palace exhibit at Florida Splendid China. Oyunbilig spoke about the so-called Mausoleum of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Yurt exhibits. Gulamettin Pahta spoke about the Tomb of Apak Hoja exhibit.
Their talks are linked above.

Left to right, Jack Churchward, Bache, Erkin Alptekin, Bhuchung Tsering, Sebo Koh

Left to right, Jack Churchward, Bache, Erkin Alptekin, Bhuchung Tsering, Sebo Koh

One of our guests, U.S. Representative Bill McCollum wrote a letter expressing his regrets that he could not be with us and stated:

The agenda for your discussion on China is timely and should prove lively.

The next day we had a Movement and Skills building session, followed by an impromptu demonstration at Florida Splendid China.

Demonstration following the Exposing Communist Chinese Government Influence in America Conference

Demonstration following the Exposing Communist Chinese Government Influence in America Conference

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 18

On the occasion of the Commemoration of the 48th Anniversary of the Takeover of Eastern Turkestan held on October 12, 1997, the late older brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jigme Norbu (Takster Rinpoche), attended the festivities and spoke to the press.

Jigme Norbu answers questions from the assembled media

Jigme Norbu answers questions from the assembled media

Gathering in the parking lot down Florida Splendid China Bvd. prior to the demonstration

Gathering in the parking lot down Florida Splendid China Bvd. prior to the demonstration

Another view of the gathering in the parking lot

Another view of the gathering in the parking lot

Gathering at the main gate of Florida Splendid China on Splendid China Blvd.

Gathering at the main gate of Florida Splendid China on Splendid China Blvd.

Gathering on U.S. Hwy 192 (aka Irlo Bronson Hwy) under Florida Splendid China sign.

Gathering on U.S. Hwy 92 (aka Irlo Bronson Hwy) under Florida Splendid China sign.

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ps if you look closely, that is not an official flag of the People’s Republic of China as it was modified to reflect the attitudes of the demonstrators. In a previous demonstration, the stars representing the ‘minority’ people under Chinese Communist rule were cut out, so that it only had the one yellow star representing the majority Han people.

The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 17

The commemoration of the 47th anniversary of the takeover of Eastern Turkestan was held at the main gate of Florida Splendid China on October 13, 1996.
The night before we had already found a bus with diplomatic plates, but we confined our demonstration to publicly available areas the next day.

As had happened sometimes before, Splendid China security called the Osceola Sheriff’s department on us. After a few visits, they did recognize our right to be on public sidewalks and to hold signs, banners and shout slogans; although they did swing back through the area from time to time to see if we were still there.

At the Main gate during the discussions with the Osceola Sheriff's Office

At the Main gate during the discussions with the Osceola Sheriff’s Office

The watchful Sheriffs (and two FSC security vehicles) across the street from the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

The watchful Sheriffs (and two FSC security vehicles) across the street from the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

Protesters at the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

Protesters at the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

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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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