China Critics See Red as Empire State Changes Color
Building lit to mark 60th anniversary of Communist rule
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2009 1:22 AM CDT
The Empire State Building is lit in red and yellow to honor the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.    (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – Critics of the Chinese regime cried foul last night as the Empire State Building was illuminated with red and yellow lights to mark 60 years of Communist rule. The move is "outright, blatant approval for a communist totalitarian system," said a statement from Students for a Free Tibet, who were represented among dozens of protesters as China's New York consul attended a ceremony at the building yesterday.

"China gets treatment that other dictatorships can only dream of—a free pass on human rights," one history professor told Fox News. "Would we have lit the Empire State Building for the USSR knowing what we do about the Gulag?" Managers say the building is illuminated in different colors almost every week to honor various occasions, but the lighting is never used to make a political statement.