Twin speeches move the China issue
Sunday, Jul 11 2004, 12:59am
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When Communist China shot a Falun Gong activist in South Africa, these two activists took their shot in speeches against Communist China.
Twin speeches move the China
When Communist China shot a
Falun Gong activist in South Africa,
these two activists took their shot in speeches against Communist China.
Lian Shengde is Executive Director of the Free China Movement, former Tiananmen Square student leader, former political prisoner, and subject of the documentary, Freedom Fighter. This speech was given in Washington DC, July 3, 2004.
John Kusumi is Executive Director of the China Support Network, former teenage candidate for U.S. President (Ind., '84), Ronald Reagan's youngest opponent, and the first GenX politician. This speech was given in Washington DC, July 3, 2004.
The Case For
Revolution In China
By Lian Shengde
The shooting of a Falun Gong
practitioner in South Africa in front of the world shocked the whole
of humanity into realizing that the state terrorism of the Chinese
communist regime is real, and is extending outside the borders of the
This regime in Beijing calls itself a
republic but has acted in every way against the principle known as
"of the people, by the people, and for the people". In order
to maintain its totalitarian rule of mainland China, the regime will
use state terrorism and its army, armed police, labor camps, torture
chambers, and various execution tactics to try to crush any dissent --
political, religious, or non-religious.
The United States has made a big
mistake, since 1972, in recognizing this rogue nation in Beijing as
the legitimate government of China, while people in Mainland China and
Taiwan do not think so.
Today the United States regards the PRC
as a partner in the war against terrorism, but in fact it is working
with the largest terrorist organization in the world to permit,
indirectly, the various terrorist attacks against many peaceful
Chinese, inside China and outside China.
Now that people are clear about the
essence of this terrorist regime in Beijing, what should we do if our
consciences are not willing, or don't allow us to "sit back as
long as the terror is not striking us today?"
We need to unite and join the third
republic revolution in China to end the totalitarian regime in
Chinese people have a lot to be proud
of. In 1912, the Chinese people stood up and worked together to end
the Manchuria imperial dictatorship in China, and established the
first republic in Asia: the Republic of China.
But various military warlords tried to
set back history by restoring the imperial dictatorship. They all
failed when general Jiang Jieshi [a.k.a. Chiang Kai-Shek] united
Mainland China by crushing all the warlords with the north expedition
army and established the national government in Nanjing in 1920s for
the respect and protection of people's rights. Thus we have the
success of the second republic revolution in China.
The invasion by Japan against the
second republic gave the Chinese communists a chance to grow and
defeat the national army in 1949 and thus establish the worst
totalitarian regime in modern human history. More than 80 million
Chinese have perished under this regime in the last 55 years and
thousands are being tortured to death every year. Billions in assets
have been stolen from the national economy by the Chinese communists,
and the banking system has been in bankruptcy status, while the
national debt for each Chinese is more than 36,000 YUAN even after all
of their dedicated hard work over the past 50 years.
Now it's time for the people in China
and in the world to work together to establish the third true republic
by ending the totalitarian regime in Beijing -- or, we will have to
see more killing of innocent citizens by the terrorist regime in
Beijing; and holding our family members as hostages in order to
silence us from speaking out about the truth, and find our consciences
lost in the silence. Or, we may see more of us like Dr. Wang Bingzhang
and Pen Min being kidnapped into China.....
Let's act together, starting today, for
the noble cause to end the inhuman system of torture and establish a
true republic in China!
Lian Shengde is Executive Director
of the Free China Movement, former Tiananmen Square student leader, former political prisoner, and subject of the documentary, Freedom Fighter. This speech was given in Washington DC, July 3, 2004.
The Case Against
Beijing Olympics '08
By John Kusumi
I want to thank and acknowledge
my audience; thank you to the people who turned out today. We are
working to overcome evil, and we will do so. I want to thank
especially the reporters, the media representatives who've gathered to
take in today's speeches and to get the story. We are working to
spread the word and to get the message out, and we will. I also have
best wishes for the home audience and for my fellow Americans who may
be taking in this speech remotely. You at home are important, and you
are the reason we come out here. At the distant reaches of my audience
-- even more remote -- are the leaders of China, and the leaders of
the International Olympic Committee.
From their words, one might
believe that the leaders of China live on an island, where they can
believe their own propaganda, and not worry about what I call
"facts on the ground."
Propaganda is a regrettable
thing. It confuses or misleads people, and it clouds the issues, as
well as the decisions of people who misperceive a matter. Propaganda
would have you believe that China has stability and is fully
civilized, ready for the world, open for business, and enjoying market
economics and the rule of law. That propaganda misses the point, as it
skips over what I call "facts on the ground." The facts on
the ground are that China is brutally despotic. China is not
democratic, and at Tiananmen Square, we saw the face of evil -- we
learned that China is run by triggerhappy old men, willing to shoot even the
college students -- the best and the brightest of China's Generation
To this day, China is
unreformed, run by the same Communist Party that we know to be
godless, atheist, and evil. My organization, the China Support
Network, was formed in a humanitarian emergency following Tiananmen
Square's ugly massacre, where we know that students died as they stood
for freedom and democracy.
Facts on the ground support my
assertion that China remains totalitarian, brutally despotic, and
dangerous both domestically and overseas. I must report to you that
China continues to have a humanitarian emergency, and that improvement
did not follow the Tiananmen Square massacre.
I have said that the bloodbath
never stopped, it just went indoors. Too many Americans have not
followed this story, of 'What is China's Falun Gong crackdown?'. I'll
give you the Cliff Notes introduction. Falun Gong grew popular as a
health and spirit practice. It is based on traditional Chinese
exercises; it takes as its motto "Truthfulness, Compassion, and
Tolerance;" and it grew to 100 million people in the 1990s. Like
the students in Tiananmen Square, these practitioners are peaceful and
And so, what is China's Falun
Gong crackdown? It is the Communists' persecution of these people. It
is the indoor continuation of Tiananmen Square's bloodbath. They are
killing these people. A distinctive feature of the crackdown is
pre-meditated mass murder. The point of the Chinese Communists is to
eradicate this group.
History has a new, ugly chapter
of genocide led by a dictator, in this case one Jiang Zemin, the
former President of China's god awful regime.
I think my crowd here will
agree that after Saddam Hussein is brought to justice, we nominate
Jiang Zemin to be the next dictator who is put on trial. I actually
value the spectacle of Saddam Hussein going on trial. That is an
object lesson. It says "there is no future in being a
Back in the lazy hazy days of
2001, the 2008 summer Olympics were awarded to Beijing, China. It was
a mistake to pin high hopes and high standards upon the Communist
regime -- at the IOC, it was a risky move to trust the Communist
How do we feel about rewarding
communists, dictators, tyrants, and thugs? Is that a good idea? Not!
How do we feel about awarding
Olympics to that regime in the first place?
It was a sell out of Olympic
proportions; that's how I see it.
In the past five years, the
Falun Gong crackdown, far from abating, grew to monstrous proportions.
There is a death toll, and it doesn't get better, it gets worse. This
crackdown of Communist China has come to be known as genocide. A world
wide movement continues to raise awareness, that religious believers
in China now face a holocaust of persecution.
That means suffering, torture,
incarceration, and death NOW
-- this is not a matter from history books or 60 year old newsreels.
The true extent, and the
historic proportions of today's ugly chapter in China was less evident
up front; the horrors unfolding may have taken the IOC by surprise.
Did the IOC really mean to dignify, and to punch the ticket, of a
genocidal holocaust? We would expect not.
The only right thing to do is
to yank the Olympics out of Communist China.
In 2002, a smoking gun document
was found, uncovered from the Chinese government. The directive said
that to better welcome the Olympics, that they were ordering a
crackdown against Falun Gong, with specific measures that violate
their human rights.
This was the secret Chinese
Communist order for an Olympic crackdown against Falun Gong. At the
IOC office, they are aware of this and more. In fact, ever since they
awarded the Olympics to Beijing, bad news out of China has been
mounting and piling up, and with each atrocity in the sequence,
Beijing makes the IOC look like an ass, simply by comparing Olympic
ideals to what I call "facts on the ground."
The only right thing to do is
to yank the Olympics out of Communist China.
Let's be clear about the
charge: China ordered an Olympic preparatory crackdown. That same
crackdown has now led to charges of torture, genocide, and crimes
against humanity. In the
Imagine if you will, a T-shirt
that says, "I survived the Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen Square,
and the Olympic Crackdown!"
There should be no 'Olympic
crackdown.' Not a crackdown to begin with, and then not
in the Olympics' name!
You know, at the IOC
headquarters, the President there is named Jacques Rogge. I tell you,
it has got to sting deeply to hear your name misused in such a way.
What will they think of next? What if they called it the Jacques Rogge
Memorial Holocaust? How quickly would there be a move to get that name
off of that holocaust? Quickly, I hope, and no personal offense is
intended in my remarks.
What should be more offensive
to one and all is the crackdown, the genocide, and the holocaust
itself. As we speak, people are dying today from the unrelenting
Communist Chinese persecution.
What is before the world today
is also an opportunity. What would it mean if the Olympics were moved
out of China? Here is the world's opportunity to send a message. That
we have high standards, and higher hopes for the future. That business
as usual doesn't apply during a genocidal holocaust. That humans can
expect and insist upon more rights than -- none at all.
The only right thing to do is
to yank the Olympics out of Communist China. We should tell China that
we see that genocidal holocaust, and a genocidal holocaust is an
inconvenient time to dignify and honor your government.
The Chinese government is
itself conflicted and subject to paralysis during a power struggle.
The world must, in time, send this message to China. The longer we
postpone this decision, the more that the IOC may find itself
embarrassed in the future.
A coalition of groups that are
pro-freedom for China stands ready to boycott the Olympics and / or
its advertisers, if those Olympics proceed in Beijing, China. Our
coalition, of groups such as Olympic Watch, China Support Network, and
the Free China Movement, stands firmly opposed to these Olympics
occurring in Communist-run Beijing.
I want to call upon my fellow
Americans, the President, the Congress, and the USOC to do what you
can to urge, nudge, and prompt the IOC to move in the right direction.
Let's press on this now, and know that in moving the games, and
sending that message to China -- that our success will win one for
human decency. Human decency is like "the team that really needs
a victory" to carry the day in these dark times.
Win one for human decency!
Thank you! Thank you for taking in my speech!
John Kusumi is Executive Director
of the China Support Network, former teenage candidate for U.S. President (Ind., '84), Ronald Reagan's youngest opponent, and the first GenX politician. This speech was given in Washington DC, July 3, 2004.
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