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Empire State Building Goes Red for Communist China, Sparking Protest
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
By Joseph Abrams
NEW YORK — New York is seeing red over the decision to turn the city's highest beacon — and one of America's symbols for free enterprise — into a shining monument honoring China's communist revolution Wednesday night.
The Empire State Building is set to be illuminated in red and yellow lights to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bloody communist takeover.
"I think it's a bad idea," said Dick Paasch, 69, from Billings, Montana. "The Chinese Revolution ... in the years 1958-1960, there were something like 26 million people starved to death. Why would we want to celebrate something like that?
"I think the Chinese have come a long way since then, but I certainly wouldn't celebrate the revolution," he said.