Thursday, April 13, 2006

Chinese President Hu to face protests as he meets Bush

Welcome to America. Apparently none of us have jobs and plenty of free time to fill our days with walking in circles with a sign.

Chinese President Hu Jintao will face hundreds of protestors when he makes his first visit to the White House next week, organizers said.

First visits are always the most important. We should make a good impression. Maybe Bush shouldn't be there then.

"We have obtained a permit from the authorities to hold the protests," said Gerrit van der Wees, spokesman for the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), Taiwan's main lobby group in the United States.

Have a good time with your protest. I'll be sleeping in. I don't understand protesting myself. I don't get the point. Your voice isn't really heard, except by those unlucky enough to be watching the news when they pan the crowd with the camera during one of the stories they do to fill in the half hour they're on. Doesn't change anything. You know what changes things? Violence. Now, I'm not advocating a violent revolution, hell, I'm way too lazy for that. I'm just saying that governments don't hear the people until their heads are under the guillotine. Then they're all ears.

Co-sponsored by 17 Taiwanese-American groups, the rally would comprise, among others, practitioners of the China-banned Falun Gong spiritual sect and members of the Uighur American Association and Students for a Free Tibet.

I don't know what any of that means but I do feel kind of nice that our President isn't the only President that gets protested against.


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