RIBA and the Falun Gong
If you walk down Portland Place from Regents Park towards Oxford Circus you will discover the august building of the Royal Institute of British Architects and outside you will find a one-person demonstration (wider shot of the building on My Other Stuff). One of the smallest, longest running and poignant demonstrations ever, it comprises one member of the Falun Gong going through meditation exercises. You may wonder just how the architects have upset the Falun Gong, but the answer is on the other side of the road - the Chinese Embassy.
The sad story of this pacifist minority that has been treated brutally by the Chinese is little known. This page documents each and every one of 2,829 people that have been murdered by the regime. Take the time to look at one or two. A warning - these stories do not make easy reading. Have a look at Hong Kong DailyPhoto for the last vestiges of free speech in China, long may it carry on!
Ah well, bang goes my chinese readership.