Chinese Students in U.S. No Longer Recognize Beijing Government With AM-China, Bjt
Undated (AP) _ Hundreds of Chinese college students demonstrated around the United States on Sunday in support of the pro-democracy uprising in their homeland, and East Coast protesters said they no longer recognized China’s government.
″Lots of the students are crying. ... I feel like crying, too. I feel so sad and so angry,″ protest organizer Dong Lu said during a somber rally by about 300 students at the Chinese consulate in New York.
″In the near future the Chinese (government) may win the game, but history tells us that the butchers of democracy are doomed in the end,″ the Hunter College graduate student added.
The demonstration came as hundreds of thousands of protesters led by students occupied Beijing’s Tiananmen Square for a third day. A reported ultimatum by Premier Li Peng passed without any sign of a military crackdown.
Rallies also were held in Lawrence, Kan.; Houston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Thousands turned out for protests in several cities Saturday.
In Beijing, students have led the largest uprising in the 40-year history of the People’s Republic of China. The United States is host to about 40,000 students from that nation.
In New York on Sunday, three demonstrators met with consular officials and delivered an open telegram.
″We 10,000 Chinese students in New York City and the East Coast of the United States are on the side of the Chinese people,″ the telegram said.
″We no longer recognize the Chinese government led by Li Peng as a legal administration in China, and we pledge our complete disobedience to such a hostile government towards the whole Chinese nation,″ it said.
The telegram called for Li’s replacement, and said the Chinese army should ″stand on the people’s side and refuse to suppress the democratic campaign.″
A woman who answered the telephone at the Chinese consulate said officials had no comment.
About 100 people marched for three hours at the University of Kansas, carrying signs with such messages as ″No Crackdown,″ ″No Violence″ and ″We want freedom of speech.″
Students, former students and faculty members from China, Taiwan and the United States urged U.S. leaders to voice their support for democratic reforms in China.
″It’s important that we realize the U.S. did not achieve its independence alone,″ said Beth Chao, an American married to a former Chinese student. ″We got help from the French and other people. It’s our responsibility to help others.″
In Houston, about 50 students from Louisiana rallied in front of the Chinese consulate. A letter calling for an end to martial law in Beijing was handed to Xian Bin Li, who is in charge of Chinese students in the region.
The demonstration followed a rally by about 800 people in Houston on Saturday.
In Philadelphia, about 50 Chinese students from Temple University, Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania carried banners and chanted English and Chinese in a peaceful protest on the Temple campus, officials said.
In Washington, where about 3,500 students demonstrated Saturday, four people from Hong Kong and five Americans held a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy.