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05TAIPEI1079
2005-03-14 03:49:00
UNCLASSIFIED
American Institute Taiwan, Taipei
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SMALL ANTI-AMERICAN DEMONSTRATION AT AIT-TAIPEI

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						UNCLAS TAIPEI 001079 

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR DS/DSS/IP, DS/IP/EAP, DS/DSS/ITA, DS/IP/FPO,
DS/PSP/PSD AND EAP/TC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC TW
SUBJECT: SMALL ANTI-AMERICAN DEMONSTRATION AT AIT-TAIPEI

REF: BACIK/MALLOY-DS/IP/EAP EMAIL DATED 11 MARCH 2005



1. (U) On Friday 11 March 2005, activist ZHOU Qingjun and
five followers from his self-proclaimed Republic of China
Patriotic Alliance staged a brief anti-American protest
outside the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT-Taipei)
Consular section. The demonstrators arrived around 1015
hours local time, in a brown mini-van adorned with protest
slogans that read "Taiwan Needs Peace, Not War" and "Punish
Independence Groups". As patriotic songs blared over a set
of loudspeakers mounted on the roof of the mini-van, ZHOU
gave a brief speech condemning the special arms procurement
budget and proposed sale of arms to Taiwan by the U.S. ZHOU
then demanded to deliver a protest letter to an AIT official,
but was rebuffed by the police. Not wanting to hand over the
letter to the police first, ZHOU proceeded to defiantly burn
the letter in the street. ZHOU and his followers then
re-boarded their mini-van and departed the area without
incident at 1035 hours.



2. (U) The protest was not reported in either the local
newspapers or on television, and AIT's Public Affairs section
received no media inquiries regarding this event.



3. (U) Taiwan National Police Administration (NPA) notified
the RSO a day in advance about the possibility of ZHOU's
protest and deployed an additional twenty uniformed officers
in front of AIT to maintain order. Local Guard Force
personnel were also re-positioned to ensure that Consular
operations were not disrupted and SDT units were put on
alert. No unusual incidents, arrests or injuries were
reported.
PAAL