Lhadon Tethong, executive director of Students for a Free Tibet, called the lighting "outright, blatant approval for a communist totalitarian system."When I read about the lights my first question was "who owns the building?" After all, many of our historical buildings in New York are foreign owned. My second question was "if we can accept billions of dollars from China through treasury bonds and have trade agreements with them, why not legitimize their government?"
Journalist and blogger Marc Masferrer, told the AP that he didn't "think one of our great landmarks should be turned into a platform to honor a regime and a system responsible for as much tragedy and all the other things that come with a repressive system.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (NY-D) said "the lights should not be used to pay tribute to what he called 'an oppressive regime' with a 'shameful history on human rights' and
Rep. Peter King (NY-R) said it was "a sad day for New York. I am strongly opposed to it or any commemoration of the Communist Chinese revolution. It's one thing to acknowledge the government; it's totally immoral to honor it."
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