The Leader of China Brought a Little of China With Him to New York

By Larry Ong, Epoch Times
September 29, 2015 4:35 pm Last Updated: October 2, 2015 11:05 am

NEW YORK—For 10 minutes on Sept. 26, a scene more commonly witnessed in the Middle Kingdom surreally played out in a corner of Manhattan’s plush hotel district.

As a motorcade onlookers believed was carrying Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping drove past a street junction on Lexington and 49th at about 2:00 p.m., about a dozen Chinese women and men in light sweaters suddenly dashed from the sidewalk and onto the street.

“Return my property! Give me justice!” several yelled. “My ancestors’ land doesn’t belong to the communists!” Some yelled “Help!”

Signs in English and Chinese read, “Chinese Communist Party, return the property stolen from us!!!” Others pleaded the local government in the coastal metropolis of Shanghai to return their homes and respect human rights.

Chinese people who oppose the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), many of them who've had their land confiscated by authorities, are harassed by supporters of the CCP by blocking their messages with Chinese flags near the Waldorf Astoria on Lexington Ave. between 48th Street and 47th Street in New York where Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is staying, on Sept. 26, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Chinese people who oppose the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), many of them who’ve had their land confiscated by authorities, are harassed by supporters of the CCP by blocking their messages with Chinese flags near the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Sept. 26, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

The men in dark suits weren’t far behind. They lurched forward with big Chinese flags and small American flags. After a brief scrimmage, they subdued several protesters by wrapping them with their red flags.

Chinese people who oppose the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), many of them who've had their land confiscated by authorities, are harassed by supporters of the CCP by blocking their messages with Chinese flags near the Waldorf Astoria on Lexington Ave. between 48th Street and 47th Street in New York where Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is staying, on Sept. 26, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Chinese people who oppose the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), many of them who’ve had their land confiscated by authorities, are harassed by supporters of the CCP by blocking their messages with Chinese flags near the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Sept. 26, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

 

Chinese people who oppose the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), many of them who've had their land confiscated by authorities, are harassed by supporters of the CCP near the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Lexington Ave. between 48th Street and 47th Street in New York where Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is staying, on Sept. 26, 2015. Li Fang Ge whose Shanghai home was robbed by the government in 2001, was beaten by police along with her parents in 2003 when they decided to appeal. Supporters of the CCP surrounded and covered her with the Chinese flag in an attempt to block her message and photos of her and her beaten parents. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Chinese people who oppose the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), many of them who’ve had their land confiscated by authorities, are harassed by supporters of the CCP near the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Sept. 26, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Fu Yuxia, whose neck was in a brace, stood in the street with her seven-year-old niece. She held a sign asking Xi to stop and meet with the petitioners. It stated, “Listen to us and Solve our Problems!”

Several of the men in dark suits pushed Fu and her niece onto the sidewalk, then surrounded them with their red flags.

Fu Yuxia and her 7-year-old niece Fu Yuxia are harassed by supporters of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) while exposing land confiscation by authorities, near the Waldorf Astoria on Lexington Ave. between 48th Street and 47th Street in New York where Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is staying, on Sept. 26, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Fu Yuxia and her 7-year-old niece Fu Yuxia are harassed by supporters of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) while exposing land confiscation by authorities, near the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Sept. 26, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Epoch Times photographed the little girl surrounded by aggressive Chinese men with large red flags, as they tried wrapping her and her aunt with them.

When the motorcade was out of earshot, most of the men in suits quickly dispersed and left the protesters. A handful of assailants remained, however, and both sides shouted and tugged at each others’ shirts until New York City police standing nearby broke them up.

One of the petitioners, Li Fangge, spoke with Epoch Times after the incident. She said the protesters were from Shanghai, where they were persecuted by Chinese authorities after their land was forcibly seized from them in the early 2000s. They spent several years seeking compensation from the local government and in Beijing, but were always rebuffed, often violently.

Li Fang Ge whose Shanghai home was robbed by the government in 2001, was beaten by police along with her parents in 2003 when they decided to appeal. In an attempt to block her message and photos of her and her beaten parents, supporters of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) surrounded and covered her with the Chinese flag near the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Lexington Ave. between 48th Street and 47th Street in New York where Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is staying, on Sept. 26, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Li Fangge whose Shanghai home was robbed by the government in 2001, was beaten by police along with her parents in 2003 when they decided to appeal. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Li and her parents were brutally beaten for petitioning in 2003. Li showed pictures of angry-looking bruises on their arms and thighs from the incident.

The men in the dark suits were led by a Mr. Yang from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, people on the scene claimed.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping was staying at the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue during the final leg of his first state visit to the United States.

Xi spoke at a United Nations session on Sept. 27, a day after the attack on the petitioners, and on Sept. 28 he made his inaugural address to the U.N. General Assembly on its 70th anniversary celebrations.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping addresses the UN General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 28, 2015. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Chinese leader Xi Jinping addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 28, 2015. (John Moore/Getty Images)

“China will continue to participate in building world peace,” he said.

Samira Bouaou and Shi Ping contributed to this report.