Duke Chinese Student Threatened After Rally

As a result of the highly contentious pro-Tibet demonstration at Duke last week, at least one student who attended the rally has been targeted for harassment.

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As a result of the highly contentious pro-Tibet demonstration at Duke last week, at least one student who attended the rally has been targeted for harassment, the Chronicle reports. The student—whose personal information was on the Duke Chinese Scholars and Students Association website and was distributed over several popular Chinese-language Internet forums—has received multiple abusive phone calls and E-mails, along with messages calling for her to be burned alive with oil. The student's name, phone number, and Chinese identity number had been posted on the site (now removed). Pictures and video of her were posted on the forums; the contact information for her parents also was posted.

The student—who says she does not in fact support Tibetan independence—told the Chronicle she blames the Chinese student group for the harassment. Other campus groups like the College Republicans, Duke Democrats, and Students for Academic Freedom have banded together to condemn the threats and request an investigation. The DCSSA denies it posted the student's information, but its president says someone did send out those details using the group's E-mail listserv.