Written by Kidup la, a good friend of SFT.
We didn’t plan a protest yesterday, but my wife and I went there to collect information they were giving out. When we arrived at around 1pm there was only one Tibetan supporter across the street, but she was great, and she had a placard with some of the Tibetans who had been killed over the last month.
The Chinese speakers spoke most of the time in Chinese and said their usual things. The embarrassing thing for them was that a Chinese guy danced a Tibetan dance with Amdo music. Luckily, and unknown to them they chose a song in praise of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There were almost 2000 Han Chinese and looked like they newly immigrated from main land China. The messages were saying that China is one big family with 56 ethnic minorities. They sang their national anthem and other patriotic songs such as We love China. Everybody was Chinese and there were no other nationalities there.
When the Chinese people were singing a patriotic song a Tibetan guy went on the stage with Tibetan flag. The Chinese become furious and tried to grab his flag and verbally insulted him, but he shouted free Tibet and didn’t give his flag away. The police had to protect him to get him away from the angry crowd. My wife then talked to the police and she took him away from the Chinese crowd. There some reporters interviewed him, but he was so emotional and couldn’t hold his tears when he was talking about the situation in Tibet. The Chinese lost their cool and screamed at him from other side of road. Any way my wife and I walked with him to subway and sent him home.
When the group of 20 Tibetan supporters showed up, the Chinese crowd got furious- standing right by the road shouting “Liar” and “one China”. The Tibetan supporters were peaceful, shouting our usual slogans, and one Chinese guy was arrested for taunting the group. Overall we had the same David and Goliath thing going, with police having to protect us from the angry Chinese mob – it made for good press. There was coverage in all the local TV stations.