The Chairman of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition, Wei Jingsheng, was invited to attend and deliver a speech. The following was his message:
- The whole world was shocked to learn that the peaceful protests of the Tibetans were suppressed with bloodshed by the Chinese Communist government. People of every country, including many Han Chinese, are sympathetic and are supporting your anti-suppression struggle.
- The Europeans are pushing their leaders to refuse attendance at the Olympics Games. At this time, President Bush openly insists on attending the opening ceremony. This insistence is equivalent to encouraging the Chinese Communists' bloody suppression. It is very inadequate. It is against the conscience of the human race. It is also against the stand of the majority of Americans.
- But it is only the current stand of President Bush. As the situation develops, if the Chinese Communists continue to suppress with force and refuse to negotiate, President Bush could change his decision any time. We trust that he will care about the lives and safety of the Tibetan people and their struggle for justice.
- Many Han Chinese, including some Han Chinese within the ruling class of the Chinese Communists, are sympathetic to the Tibetans. They do not support the bloody suppression policy of the Chinese Government. Thus, the main strategy of the Chinese Communist Party is to sow discord of ethnic conflict between the Han Chinese and the Tibetans, in an effort to divert the people's attention and divert the conflict for the Chinese Communist Party.
- I hope that you, Tibetan friends, will not be tricked by the Chinese Communist Party. You should stay together with the majority Han Chinese to fight against the tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party. Only when people of all nationalities are united together, can we finish the autocracy of the Chinese Communist Party, and gain freedom and happiness for everyone.
At the end of the speech, Wei Jingsheng encouraged the Tibetan friends to continue their struggles until the Chinese Communists are willing to sit down for negotiation.
During the speech, Tibetan friends applauded enthusiastically several times. After the speech, they all came to shake hands with Mr. Wei to express their gratitude to the Han brothers, as well as wishing more Han Chinese friends would stand out to speak up for them, like what Mr. Wei had done recently in many news media in the USA, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, etc.