To: All Msg #50, 29-Jun-90 05:36pm Subject: Tibetan Flags banned in NY? Javits Center Secu
From: Us-Tibet Committee/Info. Service Sent
To: All Msg #50, 29-Jun-90 05:36pm
Subject: Tibetan Flags banned in NY?
From: Robert McNamara, U.S. Tibet Committee, June 29, 1990
Javits Center Security Personnel
Harass Tibetan Demonstrators
At Chinese Trade Expo
Demonstrators from the U.S. Tibet Committee, a human rights organization in
support of the oppressed people of Tibet, have been passing out literature
detailing the Chinese program of genocide in Tibet on the sidewalk in front
of the Jacob Javits Convention Center since Wednesday, when the China Trade
Expo 90 opened. Javits Center security guards, at the instigation of the
Chinese, and with total disregard for Constitutional rights, have been
continually harassing the demonstrators, threatening them and insisting that
they are not allowed to display a Tibetan flag.
The sad irony of the situation is that the display of a Tibetan flag in
Lhasa, Tibet's capital city, is prohibited by Tibet's Chinese occupiers.
Nonviolent demonstrators who have hoisted Tibetan flags have been shot and
killed. It seems the Chinese government now thinks it can ban the Tibetan
flag on the streets of New York City. Even while trying to lure back some
of the business lost after the massacre in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese
government seeks to violate the human right of free speech.
Tibetan and American volunteers from the U.S. Tibet Committee will continue
distributing literature in front of the Javits Center every day from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m., throughout the run of the China Trade Expo 90, which concludes on
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