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posting of following anti-china US demonstration stories, dawn star 

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> 5. Tibet's appeal for support amidst repression (DIIR)
> 6. The protesters waited, then got their moment (Philadelphia Inquirer)
> 7. Jiang defends regime in speech at Harvard - Thousands demonstrate
>    against Chinese president (CNN)
> 5. Tibet's appeal for support amidst repression
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Departmenet of Information and International Relations
> DHARAMSALA, Nov 1, 97, (DIIR) In the face of the Chinese government's
> increased repression in all the three provinces of Tibet, covering, in
> particular, the Tibetan cadres and monastic institutions, it may seem the
> general Tibetans aren't left with much room for movement. However, according
> to a report from Tibet, two-paged independence posters came to be seen on 25
> October, one pasted on the wall of
> Barkhor's Public Security Bureau in Lhasa, and the other an inch next to the
> Buddha Sakyamuni statue in the city's Jokhang.
> The posters read, "The fact that China's policy on Tibet has necessitated
> the ban on the photographs of our leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, points
> to the non-existence of any sort of religious freedoms or human rights in our
> country. We appeal to all the countries, including the United States, to
> recognise this fact and bring pressure to bear on China, without letting your
> economic interests obstruct your moral obligations. Our conviction in
> peaceful non-violent struggle will never waver. May His Holiness the Dalai
> Lama live for ten thousand years."
> When, one morning, some devouts in Barkhor were reading the posters, a group
> of Public Security Bureau officials arrived, split themselves into two units,
> and went about pulling the posters down with wet brooms.
> According to a telephonic conversation made from Lhasa to Chengdu between
> the source and one of his friends, the sidewalks of Drepung, Sera and Nechung
> monasteries were all strewn, as on 25 October, with pamphlets calling for
> human rights in Tibet and denouncing China's brutal repression of religious
> freedoms in the country. Some of them simply read, "Tibet is an independent
> country," "Please help Tibet."
> The day after the incident on 26 October, our source continues, a grand
> insence-burning ceremony was held and many private-owned shops closed in
> Tibet's capital. It was Sunday. To the baffled enquiries of other Tibetans,
> the participants explained that they hoped the incense-burning ceremony would
> bring luck to the proposed discussion of Tibetan issue between the US
> President Bill Clinton and the Chinese President Jiang Zemin, during the
> Chinese strongman's state visit to the US. "And the shops' closure is to
> signify our displeasure with Chinese policy on Tibet," they were reported as
> saying.
> Although no arrests have been reported following the 25 and 26 October
> incidents, there has been a drastic increase in the number of army personnel
> and policemen, both in uniform and in civilian disguise, stationed inside
> Barkhor and other monasteries.
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> 6. The protesters waited, then got their moment
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>      They want Jiang to be as unhappy as they are over China's aggression and
>      policies in Tibet, Taiwan.
> By Mark Davis
> October 31, 1997
> Carolyn Holland's three-hour investment yielded a minute -- tops -- of
> Chinese President Jiang Zemin's time and attention.
> For Holland, that was enough. She and about 500 others protesting China's
> human-rights policies used it to maximum effect last evening as a shimmery
> black stretch limousine carrying Jiang slid past, taking the president to his
> nine-minute visit to Independence Hall.
> Beating drums, chanting and striking cymbals, they told Jiang that he was not
> welcome in the building where a democracy took shape more than 200 years
> earlier. Their placards rose and fell like pennants in the wind, each with
> unmistakable messages: "China Out of Tibet," "Hands Off Taiwan."
> Then, in a whirl of blue lights and sirens, he was gone -- whisked in and out
> through the back. He spent just enough time for a brief history of the old
> building and to receive a couple of gifts noting his visit.
> Moments later, Holland stood at the corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets,
> smiling.
> "It was a chance of a lifetime," said Holland, a Northeast Philadelphia
> resident who is president of the local chapter of the U.S. Tibet Committee,
> a nonprofit organization formed to protest China's policies toward its tiny,
> Himalayan neighbor. "We can't go to China and protest, so we have to do it
> here.
> "He's not going to be happy, seeing these protests wherever he goes."
> Jiang should not be happy, said Linda Betaf, 54, a Haverford therapist who
> accepted a placard protesting Tibet's occupation. She waved it from
> Independence Mall, 200 yards away from Jiang.
> "I wanted to stand up and be counted," she said.
> So did John Koons, a 35-year-old computer consultant from Norristown who
> visited Tibet last year.
> "It's a tragedy, what's happened in Tibet," said Koons. The Taiwanese have
> also felt Chinese aggression, said Frank Huang, who emigrated from Taiwan 23
> years ago and is president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Taiwanese
> Association of America.
> Yesterday, he closed up his Conshohocken dental practice early to join
> like-minded protesters in a spot not far from the Liberty Bell.
> "If I could talk to Jiang, I'd tell him, 'Let Taiwan's 21 million people
> make their own decisions for the future,' " said Huang, 57. "I hope he
> can hear our words -- words from the heart."
> Jiang doubtless heard something, said Theresa Perrone, the national director
> for the International Campaign for Tibet. She left the nonprofit
> organization's Washington offices yesterday in time to be outside
> Independence Hall.
> "I think it's important to know that these protests will happen in every city
> he goes to," said Perrone, 22. "People will be saying, 'We don't like you.'
> That's really important, to let him know that."
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 7. Jiang defends regime in speech at Harvard - Thousands demonstrate
>    against Chinese president
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, November 1, 1997, (CNN) -- Chinese President Jiang
> Zemin defended his regime Saturday in a speech at Harvard, maintaining
> Beijing's stance of  refusing to meet with the Dalai Lama, the exiled
> spiritual leader of Tibet. As Jiang spoke, thousands of protesters outside
> the assembly hall burned Chinese flags and chanted, "Free Tibet!"
> Jiang's speech marked the first time a Chinese head of state visited Harvard
> in its more than 360-year history. About 900 invited guests and 300 students
> whose names were selected from a campus lottery  were in attendance.
> Jiang told the audience that a progressive China is not to be feared  and
> that Beijing has achieved various economic goals through its socialist
> policies.
> "The practice in the recent 20 years has eloquently proved that we are right
> in direction, firm in conviction, steady in steps and gradual in approach
> when carrying out the reform," he said."We have achieved tremendous success."
> "If we persist in our reform we will be able to turn our ideas into reality
> to achieve modernization," he said.  At the end of the 45-minute speech, a
> moderator asked a question submitted by a Harvard student about why Beijing
> refuses to meet with the Dalai Lama.
> "Our policy toward the 14th Dalai Lama is a very clear-cut one," Jiang said.
> "He must recognize publicly that Tibet is an inalienable part of the People's
> Republic of China, that he must state publicly to give up Tibet independence
> and that he must stop all activities aimed at splitting the motherland."
> He added, "Much to my regret, ... the 14th Dalai Lama has not stopped his
> separatist activities."
> The Dalai Lama fled his Himalayan homeland in 1959 after an abortive uprising
> against the Chinese troops who seized control of Tibet nine years earlier.
> About 120,000 Tibetan exiles live in India, and smaller communities live in
> Europe and North America.
> Asked about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, Jiang gave a lengthy and
> somewhat equivocal statement, touching on the regional disparities and saying
> that there are "various channels" for the government to learn about people's
> views.
> Asked about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, Jiang gave a lengthy and
> somewhat equivocal statement, talking for several minutes about the regional
> disparities in China and the problems of  development in such a vast country.
> "The policy of the government is to serve the people," he said."Therefore, we
> have to reflect the people's requests and do everything that will meet
> people's requests.
> "It goes without saying that naturally we may have shortcomings and even make
> some mistakes in our work, however we've been working on a constant basis to
> further improve our work." Protesters call for freedom in Tibet  Outside
> Memorial Hall where Jiang spoke, protesters waved U.S.and Tibetan flags and
> carried placards proclaiming support for Tibetan independence. Some
> demonstrators burned the Chinese flag and posters of Jiang.
> The throng of demonstrators also included some Beijing supporters, who sang
> the Chinese anthem and waved Chinese flags.
> Dan Kennedy, 27, a musician from Cambridge, carried a sign reading, "Free
> Tibet, No One Is Safe."  "I hope Tibet can achieve political freedom, because
> they do have an amount of spiritual freedom, but no true sovereignty,"
> Kennedy said.
> Michael Kelley, 37, a native of Elizabeth, Colorado, said he was protesting
> against the United States' priorities in its relations with China. "The
> imbalance in trade cannot be corrected by the sacrifice of human life in
> China and Tibet," he said.
> Jiang's visit comes on the seventh day of an eight-day U.S. tour that has
> taken him to Honolulu, Washington, D.C., and New York City. He leaves for
> Beijing Sunday afternoon.
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