This weekend, as the President of China traveled to Washington as part of his state visit to America, something very strange happened.
As he arrived at the White House, a screen was put up, blocking Lafayette Square across the street.
Why? Standing on the square were hundreds of protestors from China and the disputed region of Tibet. This attempt to make Chinese President Xi Jinping feel at home, was seen as an insult to others.
The protesters, with legitimate grievances against the Chinese government for the mistreatment of the people of Tibet, were silenced and only could be faintly heard while the welcoming ceremony was underway on the South Lawn.
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President Obama did his best to make Chinese President Xi Jinping feel at home on Friday – by making protesters disappear.
A Rose Garden news conference with the two world leaders featured giant screens, which blocked out any view of pro- and anti-Xi protesters just outside the White House gates.
Marion Smith, executive director of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, shared pictures of the Obama administration’s screens on Twitter.
“The @WhiteHouse puts up screens to block #Xi’s view of protesters during visit. Bad move. Insult to American values,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “Police pushing back human-rights protesters at @WhiteHouse to separate them from pro-Xi protestors. #ChinaRightsNow.”