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Old 04-21-06, 10:38 PM
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Charges brought against Chinese president protester

What the fuck, why don't we just get it over with and burn the constitution? What's next, a law preventing people from "harassing" the president or any government officials?

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/...cnn_topstories

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Federal charges were filed Friday against a heckler who interrupted an otherwise highly scripted ceremony welcoming Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House the day before, berating him for the persecution of the Chinese religious sect Falun Gong.

Wen Yi Wang, 47, was charged with harassing a foreign official, a federal misdemeanor punishable by six months in prison and a fine of $5,000.


The federal law is designed to protect foreign dignitaries and official guests, and prohibits attempts to "intimidate, threaten, coerce or harass a foreign official or an official guest or obstruct a foreign official in the performance of his duties." (Watch as Wang pleads for help from "all kind people" to help the Falun Gong -- 1:01)

Wang appeared Friday before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson in Washington, and a preliminary hearing was set for May 3. She was freed on her own recognizance, but was ordered to stay away from the White House. (View the charge against Wang -- PDF)

After her court appearance, Wang said she had not committed a crime, only an act of "civil disobedience."

Wang, a physician and Falun Gong practitioner, said in a later interview with CNN that she didn't regret her action and that she would do it again if given a chance.

"I just wanted him to know what Falun Gong practitioners think," she said of Hu, adding that though she knew her conduct was prohibited, "saving the people was more important."

Wang is a naturalized U.S. citizen who works as a journalist for the Epoch Times. She had a one-day press pass that gave her access to a photographers' platform at the ceremony.

A probable-cause statement filed in U.S. District Court said Wang "began to yell at President Hu in a loud voice for in excess of two minutes" as he was speaking.

"The defendant was frantically waving a yellow banner in the direction of President Hu, which read 'Falun Dafa is good' and also included writing in Chinese," the documents said. Falun Dafa is another name for Falun Gong.

An interpreter translated Wang's statements to Hu as, "Stop oppressing the Falun Gong," "Your time is running out," and "Anything you have done will come back to you in this lifetime," court documents said. (Watch Wang heckle Hu during a White House ceremony -- 1:33)

Wang then began to yell at President Bush, according to the documents, partly in English and partly in Chinese, saying, "President Bush, stop him from killing. President Bush, stop him from persecuting Falun Gong."

A cameraman standing near Wang pulled the banner from her hands and put his hand over her mouth, and the U.S. Secret Service escorted her from the platform.
(Watch as Wang talks about why she disrupted the ceremony and why she'd do it again -- 4:12)

Terri Wu, an assistant to the editor in chief of the Epoch Times, said Thursday that Wang has worked for the newspaper for a few years. Because she has a medical background, she wrote articles on issues like bird flu and organ harvesting, Wu said.

Wu said the newspaper was "not aware" Wang planned to disrupt the ceremony.

"This was unexpected," Wu said.

"We [her employer] have formally contacted the State Department and the White House press office to extend our apologies," Wu said. "We do not approve of this action, and we did not know about this action beforehand."
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Old 04-21-06, 10:41 PM
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I don't think there is anything wrong with that, personally. She doesn't have the right to free speech anywhere, anytime, anyhow.

She just chose an inappropriate forum, imo. What about the rights of everyone else there? If everyone wanted to just start heckling all the time at everything, we would hardly have a society.
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Old 04-21-06, 11:00 PM
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You're right, let's keep the protesters out of sight and out of mind for our leaders, they don't need to know that there are dissenting opinions. This is especially true for foreign leaders of communist countries who we all know damn well couldn't give a shit about human rights.

In another article I read earlier, a CNN reporter yelled out an unapproved question, asking if Jintao had seen the protesters. He was removed from the speech.

It's bad enough that we pull shit for our own president but something about our "democratic" society pulling the same stunts they do in communist China, it seems even more wrong.
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Old 04-21-06, 11:15 PM
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Are the people charged who heckle Bush? I thought this was crap that they would charge this woman. She had a press pass, so she was not at a place she was not supposed to be. When we are trying to talk to China about human rights, seems like it just helps back up their case of preventing the Fulon Gong.
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I now demand to be treated as a foreign official on this forum. Thanks.
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Old 04-21-06, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by shaun3000
You're right, let's keep the protesters out of sight and out of mind for our leaders, they don't need to know that there are dissenting opinions.
No, you're right, let's give protesters access to the White House and make all politicians meet with them at any given request. They have a right to be heard and they need to make sure they have access.

See, that's seems as silly as what you are saying.

Just because you are in an assembly, does not mean you have the right to disrupt that assembly.
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Seems to me they should also be charging the camera guy who grabbed her with assault too.

Somehow this is just a sad face saving for China, which makes it more pathetic. If this had been Chirac, she wouldn't have been arrested.
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Originally Posted by shaun3000
What the fuck, why don't we just get it over with and burn the constitution? What's next, a law preventing people from "harassing" the president or any government officials?

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/...cnn_topstories
I hate this Hu Jintao mother'fer as much as you do. But, he's still a dignitary and a guest of the prez. There are people there who wants to listen to what he had to say even though it's all busllshit. This woman is basically interupting.
She's dead meat by now if this was taken place in China.
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Old 04-22-06, 12:08 AM
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I have no problem with this.
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Old 04-22-06, 12:42 AM
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Getting arrested is part of "civil disobedience". Martin Luther King was arrested for his crimes also. I doubt she will get more than a slap on the wrist if the charges aren't dropped, six months down the road. I am 100% behind this woman. The Chinese gov't are trying to eliminate 100 million Falun Gong . I think it is abhorrent that we suck up to them so we can get cheap crap at Walmart. Still, the best way to bring down communists is to introduce the masses to some good ole fashioned consumer goods!
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Originally Posted by Pwman
Getting arrested is part of "civil disobedience". Martin Luther King was arrested for his crimes also. I doubt she will get more than a slap on the wrist if the charges aren't dropped, six months down the road. I am 100% behind this woman. The Chinese gov't are trying to eliminate 100 million Falun Gong . I think it is abhorrent that we suck up to them so we can get cheap crap at Walmart. Still, the best way to bring down communists is to introduce the masses to some good ole fashioned consumer goods!
Yeah, I agree with that completely. It would be nice to tell them to just stick it.
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I hate this Hu Jintao mother'fer as much as you do. But, he's still a dignitary and a guest of the prez. There are people there who wants to listen to what he had to say even though it's all busllshit. This woman is basically interupting.
She's dead meat by now if this was taken place in China.
in china she likely would have been shot on the spot
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No, you're right, let's give protesters access to the White House and make all politicians meet with them at any given request. They have a right to be heard and they need to make sure they have access.
We already do that.... they're called lobbyists.
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