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Empire State Building Lit Up For Chi-Coms

From a secretly delighted Associated Press:

Empire State Building lit for China, drawing ire

By Marcus Franklin, Associated Press Writer Wed Sep 30

NEW YORK – Red and yellow lights shone from the top of the Empire State Building at dusk Wednesday, a tribute to communist China’s 60th anniversary that protesters labeled "blatant approval" of totalitarianism and criticized as inappropriate for an icon in the land of the free.

The building is routinely lit with different colors to mark holidays and big events, but opponents questioned whether it’s right to commemorate a sensitive political issue, particularly when China has such a poor human rights record.

About 20 supporters of Tibet, which China has ruled since shortly after communists took over in 1949, protested outside the building during a ceremonial lighting of a scale model inside the lobby. They chanted "No to China’s empire; free Tibet now," and held signs reading, "Empire State Building celebrating 60 years of China’s oppression."

Lhadon Tethong, executive director of Students for a Free Tibet, called the lighting "outright, blatant approval for a communist totalitarian system."

"It’s a great public relations coup for the Chinese state," Tethong said as tourists gawked at the protesters. "But on the other hand, it’s sure to backfire because the American public and the global public will speak against it."

At the lobby ceremony, building manager Joseph Bellina called the lights a high honor and said he was proud of the relationship between "our countries and our people."

Chinese Consul General Peng Keyu, who pulled the switch on the glass-encased model, said he was "honored and delighted."

He said China’s reforms of the past 30 years have led to greater openness and "tremendous change."

Keyu and Bellina didn’t address critics and declined to answer questions…

Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, said it was "a sad day for New York."

"I am strongly opposed to it or any commemoration of the Communist Chinese revolution. It’s one thing to acknowledge the government; it’s totally immoral to honor it."

For the Chinese anniversary, the lights were to remain on through early Thursday.

Just as we foretold, thanks to the Red China’s media outlet, the People’s Daily, who actually reported this would happen.

As opposed to our media watch dogs at the Associated Press, who only reported this after the fact — when it would be too late for anything to be done about it. (Otherwise more than 20 protesters may have shown up.)

But we are sure it was merely an oversight on the AP’s part.

By the way, in Communist China’s 60 year reign of terror they have managed to kill more of their citizens than any other regime in history. (Somewhere between 50 to 70 million.)

This is what the Associated Press calls a "poor human rights record."

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Empire State Building Lit Up For Chi-Coms”

  1. Howard Roark says:

    One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic. ~Uncle Joe Stalin

    This is absolutely sick. My first impulse in reading this was that since Wall Street is in the heart of Gotham, their need for capital and economic solvency must have dictated this American gesture to the ChiComs. After all, my mind told me, the traders, brokers, and tycoons know that China is the biggest purchaser of American debt.

    But that doesn’t make it right, of course. How could a nation that sent 40,000 of its men to their death in South Korea suddenly make such an insulting display of honoring communism? What about the 58,000 men who were told that they needed to die for our anti-communist cause in South Vietnam just a few years ago?

    To the ruling class in this country, it must be nice to just go from year to year, never remembering our dead and wounded or the causes we sent them to their graves’ over. Since the kind of people who decided to light the Empire State Bldg red don’t experience the reality of fighting evil, they are immune to this sentiment.

    And as far as our own Liberals in this country who love to fly their Che flags or Mao t-shirts, we can’t expect them to love their countrymen who gave all to protect us for the past 60 years. They are too above that kind of jingoistic, patriotic bullsh*t. But there is ONE reason that they might actually cross the street to join our side: the persecution of Buddhists from Tibet! The need to stand up for America and anti-communism be damned, the good Liberal says. Only the sad conditions of world citizens like the Tibetans make them sit up and take notice that maybe those Ugly Americans who hate Communism had a point after all.

  2. pdsand says:

    50 to 70 million dead is nothing next to warrantless wiretapping of *shriek* U.S. CITIZENS!(making international phone calls to terrorists).

  3. canary says:

    Did Obama put the Empire State Building up as collateral for what we owe China?

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