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    American Teenage Activist Appeals on Tiananmen Square


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    An American teenager was taken away by police for holding up a banner high in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Monday. He was appealing to Chinese leaders to help create a peace forest in the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea.

    Thirteen-year-old Jonathan Lee was taken away immediately after unfurling a banner. According to his father, Lee and his mother are currently being questioned in an unknown location.

    Lee's goal is to plant chestnut trees in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, and create a park so that families and children from both countries can peacefully interact.

    Lee has previously hosted sit-in events in South Korea and the United States.

    The idea for the Children's Peace Forest was inspired three years ago after he met former South Korean president and Nobel Peace Laureate Kim Dae Jung, who taught him about relations on the Korean peninsula.

    [Jonathan Lee, Peace Forest Campaigner]:
    "My letter is about my children's peace forest. It's a place where families can gather together. I want it to be planted along the DMZ, because you know Korea's been separated for sixty years and I want families to be able to come together and meet together again. It also talks about peace between Korea."

    Lee says that everyone can help to realize the goal.

    [Jonathan Lee, Peace Forest Campaigner]:
    "I have to say that no matter how big, how small, what age, it doesn't matter you know, we can all help. So go out and help."

    Lee's mother stands behind him.

    [Melissa Lee, Jonathan's Mother]:
    "He understands the risks, he's been talked to and he's ready to go forward and he's doing something to help this earth, how can I say no? You know, he's not doing harm to people he's trying to help so I will support him in that."

    North and South Korea are technically still at war as their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.