Mohammed Abu Zaid
David Lin hopes to open a restaurant next year and his strategy is bit different. While good food will be on the menu, the exterior of his restaurant features a mural depicting Chinese police officers beating a demonstrator while a Tibetan monk sets himself on fire. Lin says that it’s a political statement about China’s human rights abuses.
Of course the Chinese government disapproves.
Last week two government officials wanted to have the mural removed.
They ran into a bit of a problem, David Lin doesn’t live in China, he lives in Corvallis, Oregon. The Taiwanese immigrant wants everyone to know that he is opposed to the communist government of China. The Chinese government sent the officials from their consulate in San Francisco to see if the Mayor of Corvallis would put an end to Mr Lin’s mural.
Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning refused. She explained to the men that Americans have the right to say what they want to say. That right is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. That Constitution is one of the reasons Mr. Lin moved to the United States.
What’s interesting is that the Government of China travelled all the way to Oregon to see if our government would take away Mr Lin’s right to express his opinion. I suppoe this didn’t seem odd to them because they not only oppose free speech, they have also never experienced it… or its side effects.
If it sounds oppressive and fascist that someone would not only monitor what is being said about their country in someone else’s country, and then travel to that other country to try to get them to enforce your laws in their country, you probably also wouldn’t like what happened in Libya this week.