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  • .Empire State Building lit for China, drawing ire

    Done in very bad taste, Empire State Building is such a buitiful building..

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091001/...building_china




    Empire State Building lit for China, drawing ire

    By MARCUS FRANKLIN, Associated Press Writer Marcus Franklin, Associated Press Writer – 31 mins ago
    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.

    Journalist and blogger Marc Masferrer questioned legitimizing a government that continues to repress its citizens' freedoms, including their access to media and the Internet.

    "I don't think one of our great landmarks should be turned into a platform to honor a regime and a system responsible for as much tragedy and all the other things that come with a repressive system," he told The Associated Press.

    Masferrer pointed out that this year is also the 20th anniversary of the violently crushed student-led movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The People's Liberation Army is believed to have killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of protesters.

    Politicians united in their disdain.

    Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat, said the lights should not be used to pay tribute to what he called "an oppressive regime" with a "shameful history on human rights."

    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."

    The lights atop the building, which is owned by W&H Properties, are often are changed. For example, Italian colors — red, white and green — commemorate Columbus Day, while green, white and orange are displayed for the India Day parade.

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

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    Associated Press writer Deepti Hajela contributed to this report
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    Considering the politics of New York City, I do not understand why this is unpopular. Is it because the Chinese are moving away from Communism?
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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    • #3
      How is China moving away from communism?...
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Southflaguy View Post
        How is China moving away from communism?...
        It has been privatizing businesses and it allows private ownership of real property. I know people who own houses and condos in China.
        Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
        Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          Intresting...
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          • #6
            Whats the problem? A private business doing whatever it wants. Also if "we" had such a problem with it we wouldn't have let China buy or debt of trade with them....
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            • #7
              "NEW YORK — New York is seeing red over the decision to turn the city's highest beacon — and one of America's symbols for free enterprise — into a shining monument honoring China's communist revolution Wednesday night. The Empire State Building shone in red and yellow lights over New York City on Wednesday night to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bloody communist takeover."


              I think that is why.
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              " 'Blessed are the Peacemakers', is, I suppose, to be understood in the other world, for in this one they are frequently cursed." - Benjamin Franklin

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              • #8
                The Chinese probably own it.

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                • #9
                  Yay communi . . . wait, I thought we valued capitalism here?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ThinBlueLine05 View Post
                    Yay communi . . . wait, I thought we valued capitalism here?
                    We value money here, plain and simple.
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                    • #11
                      I pledge allegiance to the flag of China who lends us money..........


                      Saw that phrase on a commercial today about the national debt.

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                      • #12
                        Nice..other ways to destroy country without firing a shot
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                        • #13
                          If China (or any other country) buys U.S. companies and real estate...that's the free market everyone prizes so much here. (sarcasm)

                          (And no, I don't like this "celebration" any more than anyone else here. Nor would most New Yorkers, regardless of political persuasion. Totalitarianism is nothing to celebrate.)
                          Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.
                          Happiness never decreases by being shared. -- Buddhist quotation
                          A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. -- Proverbs 15:1

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rubyrose View Post
                            If China (or any other country) buys U.S. companies and real estate...that's the free market everyone prizes so much here. (sarcasm)
                            It's the result of excessive borrowing by our government and encouraging excessive consumption.
                            Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                            Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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