|News and Current Events|
Other major events and issues:
Return to: Taiwan, Ilha Formosa home page
visit of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji
Joint Rally by the Tibetan, Taiwanese, and human rights communities
Rally at Lafayette Park
On Thursday, April 8th 1999, back-to-back rallies were held at Lafayette Park, in front of the White House. The Tibetan community and Amnesty International led off at 10:00 am with speeches, cheers, and prayers.
At around 11:30 the crowd wound its way to Pennsylvania Avenue, just in front of the White House, and cheered: "China out of Tibet", "Human Rights in China", and "Taiwan Independence."
This was followed by a Taiwanese-led rally with speakers from the Taiwanese-American Community, but also guest-speakers from the Tibetans, East Turkestan and Mongolia.
The rally was kicked off by Nora Tsay, secretary-general of the Taiwanese Association of America, and attended by some 500 Taiwanese- Americans from as far away as Kansas, Florida, Boston, New York, and New Jersey.
An important statement titled "Let Taiwan be Taiwan" was read by FAPA president Wen-yen Chen on behalf of the Coalition for Taiwan Sovereignty.
The president of the Formosan Association for Human Rights, David Hung, read a proclamation, titled "Human Rights for All" from FAHR.
Some images from the rally:
Rally at the Chinese Embassy
At around 1:30 pm, the Taiwanese-American group moved up to the Chinese Embassy at Connecticut Ave, where they continued until around 4:00 pm with speeches and cheers, such as "China, Hands off Taiwan", "Recognize Taiwan", and "Stop Chinese Missiles."
Vigil at the Chinese Embassy
The day was completed with a vigil at the Chinese Embassy by the Tibetan Community, while a reception was being held for Premier Zhu.