One of the memorable events was the Commemoration of 54th Anniversary of Take-over of Inner Mongolia on April 28, 2001.
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.
Here is one of the letters we sent to Florida Splendid China management.
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,
Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda
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.
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)
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
Protesters Lined Up along the Back Wall
(May be a familiar scene elsewhere)
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 rear of the park with Tibet’s Potala Palace in background
China Lies – Freedom Dies at the Irlo Bronson Hwy entrance
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 exhibit’
In front of the Tomb of Apak Hoja
In front of the Potala Palace exhibit
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
How things looked before the civil disobedience started
Upset security folks milling about when SFTers sit down
Police protecting SFTers
In August 1994, Tibetan monks and performers from the Lalapaloosa Tour demonstrated at Florida Splendid China.
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
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 !
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.
The demonstrations continued over the next ten years.
Until on December 31, 2003, Florida Splendid China closed their gates, marking the end of the Chinese Communist propaganda theme park.
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.
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