Protesters have been trying to get so close to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seattle that he can hear their chants. But they’re having a hard time.
Tibetans, Taiwanese and members of Falun Gong filled a block of 5th Avenue on Tuesday. They’re all groups who fear persecution by the Chinese government. They were heading for the Westin Hotel, where the president is staying. But a block away, the Seattle police blocked their path.
Inside the hotel, people were talking business with China. Taiwanese American Alice Tsai isn’t happy about that.
Tsai: "Yeah, I’m angry about: How can a lot of countries support China?"
Journalists wove through the crowd, taking pictures. Karen Huang became frightened when one man with a camera did not say who he was with. Huang practices Falun Gong, a spiritual practice outlawed by the Chinese government. She’s afraid a photo of her here could be used against her family in mainland China.
"Because many of us are on the so-called black list," Huang said.
Most of the protesters told me they believed President Xi would see their protests on the news.
Thursday, he'll be in Washington, D.C.