Thursday, April 24, 2008

Rally for Beijing Olympics and World Peace

Following the recent riots in Tibet, hundreds of people gathered outside Chicago's U.S. Courthouse on Thursday, April 24, to show support for China. Lion Dance performance from the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center danced through the square at the opening of the event. Click below to view video of the Lion Dance

Hundreds of red flags of the People’s Republic of China flew high throughout downtown Chicago.
The organizers called this event and other events all over the world with the same purpose: To condemn the lies about China being spread by the U.S. media.
In March, Tibetan separatists attacked shops owned by ethnic Han and Muslim Chinese. Included among the ten people that died during those riots were five young women victims in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, who died in a fire started by the separatists.
In response, over the past several weeks, more than 80 rallies have been held worldwide by Chinese living overseas. This wave of activism is bringing together Chinese from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the mainland, including Tibet, as well as Chinese Americans. The rallies feature the flag of the People’s Republic of China, patriotic songs, including the national anthem and speeches exposing the truth of Tibet before liberation. When the ‘god king’ was in power in Tibet, millions of people there lived as serfs or slaves with no rights.
Protesters were especially angry with CNN announcer Jack Cafferty. Referring to the Chinese authorities who put a stop to the rioting in Lhasa, he said, “I think they’re basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they’ve been for the last 50 years.” The rally in Chicago made a special point of calling for Cafferty to be fired and for CNN to issue a real apology.
John Beacham from the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) in Chicago spoke at the rally. He said, "We stand with you in opposing the attacks on China. The Olympics should be an opportunity to build stronger international relationships between peoples and promote world peace. Instead, the U.S. government and the media have used the Beijing Olympics to unleash a racist attack against China and promote imperialist aggression."
Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago
Click below to view video

Click below to view video of the Rally

Lion Dance Team from the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center

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