And thus, the U.S. government becomes an instrument of repression

April 22nd, 2006

Wenyi Wang , cialis usa capsule the woman who heckled the Chinese president at a Whitehouse event, viagra sales sale is being charged by the U.S. government with “knowingly and willfully intimidating, decease coercing, threatening or harassing ‚Ķ a foreign official performing his duties,” a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of $5,000.

So the government that encourages dissidents in China to speak up and fight for their rights is prosecuting this woman for doing exactly that?

I am appalled and ashamed.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    This is not a good analogy. Encouraging dissidents to speak in China is not the same thing as disrupting the speech of a foreign leader. Protesting against a foreign leader and heckling are two different things. She could have protested just like many other protestors outside the White House.

  • 2. Melinda Omdahl  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    Now this IS a violation of the first ammendment.

    Which leads me to ask – So- does China bring their policies with them wherever they go – Including the US?

  • 3. Administrator  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    If heckling is a crime then they better start posting cops at comedy clubs.

    Do I think it was the proper venue to protest?

    No.

    Do I think she should be prosecuted?

    Hell no.

  • 4. Billiam  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 6:27 pm

    No way she should be prosecuted. While I disagree with her methods of getting in there, She was exercising the 1st Amendment. Maybe the wrong place, but you take the good with the bad.

  • 5. Frank  |  April 23rd, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    Take a look at the law she’s being charged with. It’s amazingly broad and relatively punitive as against the harm done (I blogged about the law and the rest of the incident at http://franksellin.blogspot.com/2006/04/harassment-of-foreign-officials.html ).

    If she’d stayed with the protesters outside the fence, President Hu would never have heard her.

    Maybe it’s a diplomatic scandal, but Hu chose to run the risk of hecklers by visiting a relatively liberal democracy. And the law effectively does transfer some measure of Chinese repression to the White House lawn.

  • 6. Scott Mehring  |  April 23rd, 2006 at 12:41 pm

    I dont know how I feel about this issue. The woman quite possibly could have damage relations between two of the worlds most powerful countries. Something tells me that shouldn’t be legal. Then again, I think speech should be protected. So prosecute her? Maybe.

  • 7. Administrator  |  April 23rd, 2006 at 2:45 pm

    A relationship that can be damaged by someone speaking out is a relationship we need to look at very closely.

    If something similar had happened with Tony Blair would you even be worried?

  • 8. Billiam  |  April 23rd, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    What relationship? China says what US pols want to hear, then goes right back to doing whatever they want. Let’s call a spade a spade. China’s only interest is that which benefits China. They care nothing for what the US wants and the US leadership are a bunch of sissies with no spine. Everything remains as is.

  • 9. Aaron  |  April 24th, 2006 at 12:28 am

    Elliot: a soundbite for you.

  • 10. Administrator  |  April 24th, 2006 at 8:28 am

    I couldn’t open the file, Aaron.

    But I recognized the name.

    Come see the repression inherent in the system!

    ;)

  • 11. Aaron  |  April 24th, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    Oops! I thought I caught that!

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