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How to light up the Chinese Consulate

avatarBy Tendor
Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010
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It would have been almost impolite not to do it. The wall of the New York Chinese Consulate was so smooth and so clean it was clearly designed for projecting giant images and messages for all to see. So after finishing our Renaissance Series event at the Chinese Consulate on September 1st to protest the Shanghai Expo’s ‘Tibet Week,’ a team of us from SFT stayed behind and waited till it got dark enough in New York and dawn enough in Lhasa.

We stationed ourselves comfortably across the street from the Consulate and turned on our machines. They obliged swiftly, skipping all technical difficulties that usually dog us at public events. Within seconds, the New York sky lit up, as giant images of Runggye Adak, Kalsang Tsultrim, Tashi Dhondup, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, and other political prisoners in Tibet appeared on the facade of the Consulate.

The crowds cheered as the Consulate wall got drenched in the colors of the Tibetan national flag. We typed the letters, “Free Tibet Now.” Then switching to a Tibetan keyboard, we typed ང་བོད་པ་ཡིན། (I am Tibetan), a phrase that Tibetans in Tibet started repeating in songs and videos and poems to the point where this combination of three ordinary words has come to symbolize resistance and revolution. It was our message to Tibetans inside Tibet, a clear sign to indicate that we on the outside would mirror their thoughts and follow their command.

Once they learned about the light show, some of the Chinese Consulate officials walked over to our side of the street and said, “We are object” to our action. Someone from our team replied that we also objected to what the Chinese government was doing to the Tibetan people, though I’m not sure if the official understood what was said.

It was getting late, and the Consulate officials were getting more agitated. So we typed on the wall, “Good night, New York. Good morning, Tibet.” We told the Consulate officials we would be back but didn’t tell them exactly when.

We ended up making a short video of our nonviolent guerrilla action that you can watch below:

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