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Friday, September 23, 2005

SFT vs. the Chinese Ambassador: A Showdown

I woke up real early this morning, hoping to be the first one to arrive at work. But I was disappointed when I saw that Matt, Lhadon and Han were already there, hard at work printing handouts and preparing placards. Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong was going to give a speech at the Asia Society and we had a plan to disrupt his business.

Around 11:45 am, Tibetans and supporters, representing TYC, TWA and SFT in the New York area, waited in the lobby of the Asia Society building, pretending to be customers looking to buy museum sovenirs. When the Ambassador drove up to the entrance, we all jumped out from behind the shelves, pulled out Tibetan national flags from our pockets, and started chanting, "Shame on Zhou, Shame on China, Free Tibet Now." Confused and shaken, Ambassador Zhou was quickly shuffled away by his security guards into the elevator.

At the conclusion of the program at about 1:45 p.m. the security guards and the police started preparing a quiet exit for the Chinese Ambassador. But the building had only two exits, and we had both exits covered. Eventually, the Chinese Ambassador exited through the back door, where some of us chanted and waved the Tibetan flags for a full two minutes while he maneauvered his way through the crowd to his limousine. Let's just say, we got him! By the way, this is the same Chinese Ambassador who had to put up with Rich Felker, SFT's Regional Coordinator for Midatlantic, who chained himself to a pillar last year when the Ambassador visited the University of Virginia.

5 Comments:

  • At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Ben (SFT UK) said…

    Nicely done guys. Opportunities like that just can't be missed. How'd you find out about it anyway?

     
  • At 2:09 PM, Anonymous alma said…

    hurray!

     
  • At 12:43 AM, Blogger Tribal Queer said…

    y'all rawk. i love how utterly fierce SFT'ers are. i'm sure y'all left a lasting impression on that fuckin tool.

     
  • At 12:43 AM, Blogger Tribal Queer said…

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  • At 6:33 PM, Blogger Khamps said…

    FIERCE IS RIGHT! THAT OUGHTTA SHOW THEM!

     

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