The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 25

On March 11, 2000, members of Citizens Against Communist Chinese propaganda demonstrated to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day. Tibetan Uprising Day commemorates the date in 1959 when the Tibetan people rose up against their oppressors from a foreign land and sought to protect the His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet from approaching People’s Liberation Army(PLA) Forces by forming a human wall in advance of the tanks, guns, and troops. Many lost their lives that day. The safety of the 14th Dalai Lama could not be guaranteed in his own land, for only two days later, the same PLA forces bombarded the Potala Palace, home to the Dalai Lamas since the 17th century. A short while later, His Holiness entered India, beginning exile from the ‘Land of Snows’.

Demonstrators at main gate of Florida Splendid China

Demonstrators at main gate of Florida Splendid China

Demonstrators at Potala Palace exhbit

Demonstrators at Potala Palace exhbit

Listening to His Holiness Dalai Lama's March Tenth Statement at main gate of Florida Splendid China on March 11, 2000

Listening to His Holiness Dalai Lama’s March Tenth Statement
at main gate of Florida Splendid China on March 11, 2000

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China part 24

Another Confronting the Propaganda In Front of the Propaganda action was held on May 4, 2002 when an Inner Mongolian People’s Party statement was read commemorating the 55th Anniversary of Chinese Communist Takeover of Inner Mongolia.

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China part 23

Earlier in 2002, there were similar “Confronting the Propaganda in Front of the Propaganda,” demonstrations inside the theme park (not difficult if they set the annual pass to cost the same as one admission…)

One such action was to read a statement from the International Tibet Independence Network about the abduction of the reincarnate Panchen Lama by Chinese authorities. Arrested as a child and held incommunicado for years, it is a glaring example of the lengths to which Chinese Communist authorities will go to maintain absolute control.

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China part 22

August 31, 2002 a demonstration was held to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of plane crash that killed leaders of the East Turkestan Republic. A joint statement was read in front of the so-called Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, as well as a Uyghur American Association statement in front of the Tomb of Apak Hoja exhibit.

The video below indicates what happened outside the gates of Florida Splendid China for several hours while tens of thousand of automobiles drove by, just a few miles from Disney World.

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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 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 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 16

The Grand Opening of Florida Splendid China was held on December 18, 1993 – twenty years ago today.
Some of the people that were invited:
Americans
Richard Nixon (former President of the United States)
Alexander Haig (former Secretary of State)
plus Congressmen, Senators, local mayors and other dignitaries
(none of whom were mentioned as attending in media accounts)

Chinese
Qian Qi-shen (Vice Premier of State Council – Foreign Minister of People’s Republic of China)
Liao Hui (Director, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council)
Li Dao-yu (PRC Ambassador to the United States)

To show that the Chinese government was behind the theme park at the Grand Opening, flyers were handed out showing Chinese Communist Party leaders that visited the version of the theme park in Shenzhen, China. The image below shows Jiang Zemin, at one time the General Secretary of Chinese Communist Party Central Committee.

Mr. Jiang Zemin, (first from left) General Secretary of CPC Central Committee, having an inspection tour in "Splendid China" On the right: With much attention and great concern of the leaders of our Party and state and the departments concerned, a number of heads of state in the world and noted personages in various circles and organizations have come to visit "Splendid China" Miniature Scenic Spot and China Folk Cultural Villages one after another. Mr. Deng Xiaoping has visited "Splendid China" and China Cultures Villages. The leaders of the Party and state having an inspection tour in "Splendid China" and China Cultures Villages, early or late, are as follows: Jiang Zemin, Yang Shankun, Li Peng, Wan Li, Qiao Shi, Song Ping, Li Ruihuan, Wang Zhen, Tian Jiyun, Li Ximing, Wu Xueqian, Qin Jiwei, Ding Guangen, Zou Jiahua, Bo Yibo, Xi Zhonxun, Ji Pengfei, Wu Xiuquan, Liu Lantao, Zhang Aiping, Liu Hiaqing, Peng Chong, Ngapoi Ngawang Jigmi, Seypidin, Ye Fei, Ni Zhifu, Chen Muhua, Sun Qimeng, Lei Jieqiong, Wang Hanbin, Song Jian, Wang Bingqian, Chen Junsheng, Liu Fuzhi, Hong Xuezhi, Gu Mu, Wang Guangying, Zhao Puchu, Qian Weichang, Chen Siyuan, Lu Jiaxi, Ismail Amat, Ding Guanxun, Ye Xuanping, etc.

Mr. Jiang Zemin, (first from left) General Secretary of CPC Central Committee, having an inspection tour in “Splendid China”
On the right:
With much attention and great concern of the leaders of our Party and state and the departments concerned, a number of heads of state in the world and noted personages in various circles and organizations have come to visit “Splendid China” Miniature Scenic Spot and China Folk Cultural Villages one after another.
Mr. Deng Xiaoping has visited “Splendid China” and China Cultures Villages.
The leaders of the Party and state having an inspection tour in “Splendid China” and China Cultures Villages, early or late, are as follows: Jiang Zemin, Yang Shankun, Li Peng, Wan Li, Qiao Shi, Song Ping, Li Ruihuan, Wang Zhen, Tian Jiyun, Li Ximing, Wu Xueqian, Qin Jiwei, Ding Guangen, Zou Jiahua, Bo Yibo, Xi Zhonxun, Ji Pengfei, Wu Xiuquan, Liu Lantao, Zhang Aiping, Liu Hiaqing, Peng Chong, Ngapoi Ngawang Jigmi, Seypidin, Ye Fei, Ni Zhifu, Chen Muhua, Sun Qimeng, Lei Jieqiong, Wang Hanbin, Song Jian, Wang Bingqian, Chen Junsheng, Liu Fuzhi, Hong Xuezhi, Gu Mu, Wang Guangying, Zhao Puchu, Qian Weichang, Chen Siyuan, Lu Jiaxi, Ismail Amat, Ding Guanxun, Ye Xuanping, etc.

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