Demonstrators Serenade President Xi's Hotel Window With Chants | KUOW News and Information

Demonstrators Serenade President Xi's Hotel Window With Chants

Sep 23, 2015

Protesters have been trying to get so close to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seattle that he can hear their chants. But they’re having a hard time.


Tibetans, Taiwanese and members of Falun Gong filled a block of 5th Avenue on Tuesday. They’re all groups who fear persecution by the Chinese government. They were heading for the Westin Hotel, where the president is staying. But a block away, the Seattle police blocked their path.

Inside the hotel, people were talking business with China. Taiwanese American Alice Tsai isn’t happy about that.

Tsai: "Yeah, I’m angry about: How can a lot of countries support China?"

These practitioners of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) demonstrate by meditating on 5th Avenue.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Journalists wove through the crowd, taking pictures. Karen Huang became frightened when one man with a camera did not say who he was with. Huang practices Falun Gong, a spiritual practice outlawed by the Chinese government. She’s afraid a photo of her here could be used against her family in mainland China.

"Because many of us are on the so-called black list," Huang said.

Most of the protesters told me they believed President Xi would see their protests on the news.

Thursday, he'll be in Washington, D.C.