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RFA: Ethnic Kazakh Faces Immediate Repatriation to China After Fleeing Country


Authorities in Uzbekistan are holding an ethnic Kazakh man with Chinese nationality after he was denied permission to enter Kazakhstan, and his repatriation to China appears imminent, RFA has learned.

Businessman Halimbek Shahman initially fled China, which has incarcerated at least one million ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs and Kazakhs in “re-education” camps, on Jan. 4, arriving in Thailand, where he took a flight to Almaty in Kazakhstan, sources in Kazakhstan said.

Shahman then boarded a flight to Uzbekistan’s Tashkent airport after being denied entry by the Kazakh authorities, a Kazakhstan-based rights group said.

He is currently stuck in a restricted area of the airport, according to a statement from the human rights group Atajurt.

An employee who spoke to RFA from the group said Chinese foreign ministry officials had demanded Shahman be handed over to them.

Repeated attempts to contact Shahman met with an unreliable connection that seemed to be affected by interference.

“I was born in Emin county in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region [XUAR], to a farming family,” he said in a brief video message sent in lieu of a phone call. “I wanted to go to Kazakhstan, because China’s human rights record was making life intolerable.”

“I would have my ID checked every 50 to 100 meters [164 to 328 feet] when I was in Xinjiang,” he said. “This made me extremely anxious, and I couldn’t stand it anymore.”

A friend of Shahman’s told RFA that he remains in danger of repatriation to China, where he is faced with the threat of a “re-education” camp.

“This guy is in Tashkent airport right now, and the Chinese embassy is getting ready to take him away,” the friend said. “The Tashkent police are planning to detain him.”

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Free China: The Courage to Believe

The Demise of Florida Splendid China part 20

With the news that Falun Gong practitioners are demonstrating against organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience and members of religious and ethnic minority groups, and that western governments are starting to officially condemn the practice, Falun Gong did have a place in the Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda coalition.

One local Falun Gong practitioner was visiting the dinner show and while waiting outside, he performed some exercises and the Splendid China staff immediately confronted him and said that he would have to leave if he didn’t stop. Another two American Falun Gong practitioners that had gone to Beijing for a Tiananmen Square protest had been treated brutally and now that they were back in the US, they decided join forces to let them know how we roll here in the US.

On one lazy summer afternoon, three Falun Gong practitioners with a videographer entered the park and performed their exercises in front of the Forbidden City exhibit in the area that would today be Tiananmen Square. Not just for a couple of seconds, but for several minutes. The two men who were brutalized by Chinese authorities each made a statement there as well. And then the exercises were performed in the public area of the theme park. Video is shaky and presented below:

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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 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 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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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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