Falun Gong is freely practised in 40 countries around the world, but relentlessly persecuted in China. The peaceful courage of practitioners there has shocked their oppressors and moved the people of the world. While China continues to block all information, FGM-TV brings you the stories you may not hear anywhere else.
Hello, and welcome to FGM-TV
on October 23rd, 2001.
I’m Susan Mitchell.
FGMTV is happy to announce that as of today, our Engish newscast has been lengthened to 15 minutes. This means that we will be able to provide you with more in-depth coverage of events around the world.
Our top stories this week:
On the brink of China being accepted into the World Trade Organization, and while world leaders met in Shanghai for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), officials at Pudong Airport refuse entry to the General Manager of Shanhai Famas & Hocks Technical Textiles Co. Ltd. – a Falun Gong European businessman.
China tries to accuse Falun Gong of sending Anthrax tainted mail in an attempt to have it categorized as a terrorist organization
In International news:
§ Growing support for the SOS Global Rescue Walks to rescue Falun Gong practitioners persecuted in China
§ Practitioners in Taiwan help the Bureau of Health to establish a new Guinness World Record
§ The Queen of Sweden graciously accepts the writings of Falun Gong Founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi
§ A glimpse of the possible future fate of Chinese officials who have violated international laws in their brutal persecution of Falun Gong as a former Yugoslavian army general turns himself in to the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, Holland
This week's update from China:
§ The number of Falun Gong practitioners verified to have died while in detention is 301 as of today, although government sources in China say that the actual number exceeds one thousand.
§ More arrests and imprisonment for those who distribute Falun Gong flyers
§ Reports of increased persecution in Hengyang City of Hunan province during a visit by Luo Gan, head of the 610 Office
§ How the upright thoughts of practitioners in Jilin province lead to cancellation of a brainwashing class
§ Village officials refuse to allow authorities to arrest a popular practitioner
§ A Chinese Embassy official in Athens experiences instant retribution!
§ In Ottawa, on the eve of Prime Minister Chrétien's departure for Shanghai, practitioners endured wind and icy rain for 12 hours to encourage him to take their message to the APEC meetings: the message that persecution of Falun Gong should end immediately. Members of Parliament Scott Reid, Rob Anders, Svend Robinson and Larry Bagnell joined the group outside to register their support and to encourage the practitioners in their icy vigil.
§ In Washington, Falun Dafa practitioners in America submitted over 100,000 signatures of appeal from the American people to President Bush via the Postal Office in the White House. They requested that during his meeting with Chinese leaders in Shanghai, he urge Jiang Zemin's regime to stop the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners and immediately release Dr. Chunyan Teng, a U.S. permanent resident, illegally imprisoned in China. They asked that she be brought back to be united with her family members in the U.S.
On October 18, while world leaders were attending APEC meetings in Shanghai, and with China being on the brink of being accepted into the World Trade Organization, Olivier Dupuis, Secretary of the Transnational Radical Party and a member of the European Parliament, lodged an urgent written question to the European Commission regarding the expulsion of Mr. Fava Minor from the Peoples Republic of China. Text of the question is as follows:
On Monday 8 October 2001, Alfredo Fava Minor, General Manager of Shanghai Famas & Hocks Technical Textiles Co. Ltd., a manufacturing company based in Jinshan (60 km from Shanghai), which employs around 35 people, was stopped at Pudong Airport by the Chinese authorities and immediately re-embarked and expelled without explanation. Without management control, the company now finds itself exposed to serious economic repercussions. Mr. Fava, a member of the Falun Gong movement, is also the representative in Italy of the movement, which has been banned in China since July 1999. Since then its members have been persecuted brutally for having responded to demands that they should renounce their faith with peaceful resistance.
Is the Commission aware of the persecution which Mr. Fava Minor has suffered at the hands of the Chinese authorities, and what measures has it taken or does it intend to take to defend the rights and the interests of an entrepreneur from the EU who has invested a considerable amount of money in the PRC? Does the Commission not believe that the nonchalant manner in which the Chinese authorities violate the most elementary rules of justice - also in the economic and business field - exposes the numerous European investors in China, especially small and medium companies, to extremely serious risks about which they should be fully informed by the competent authorities of the Union? Finally, does the Commission believe that China can be part of the World Trade Organisation when its authorities and institutions continue to demonstrate that they are incapable of respecting the fundamental rules of this international body, of following the principles of the free market and, more in general, of the Rule of Law?
Copies of this text are being delivered to all APEC leaders.
Support around the world gains momentum for the SOS Global Rescue Walks to rescue Falun Gong practitioners persecuted in China:
§ In Australia, during the walk from Sydney to Brisbane, Mayors make special efforts to support the walkers and encourage them to contact school principals so that children can learn the Falun Gong exercises and benefit from the teachings of Truth, Compassion and Forbearance. Many children are eager to learn. Media coverage reaches thousands of Australians.
§ Queensland Police, wanting a special cover for their magazine, took photos of the map of China formed by practitioners on a playing field during their Asia Pacific Conference.
§ In the US, a special tribute was received from Julie Dennis, Michigan State Representative. It began: "LET IT BE KNOWN, that it is with great honor that we come together to support the Falun Gong practitioners in their Walk Across Michigan"... and ended with, "IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, This document is signed and dedicated to commend and give our continued support to the entire body of Falun Gong world practitioners as they continue to work to change the hearts of the leaders of the People's Republic of China and turn them toward full recognition and protection of Falun Gong practitioners."
§ also from Michigan, the city of Muskegon passed a very beautiful resolution supporting the walkers
§ in Canada, from the province of Quebec, close to Ottawa, the Mayor of Gatineau issues a letter of support, and the Municipality of Pleasance passes a resolution to honour the SOS Global Rescue Walk.
§ and a few pictures from the northern route in Japan.
In International News:
§ In Kaohsiung city of Taiwan, Falun Gong practitioners were invited to participate when the board of health held a breakfast event that was attended by more than 23 thousand people, setting a new Guinness world record. They provided a demonstration of the Falun Gong exercises on stage during the event.
§ When the King and Queen of Sweden visited the town Motala at famous Ovralid in May, Queen Sylvia graciously accepted a package of the writings of Falun Gong Founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi from one of the Swedish practitioners. The package also contained details of the persecution in China. The Queen of Sweden is known as a warm-hearted person who cares about people in difficulty, especially children.
Moving now to The Hague in Holland. The Associated Press News Agency reported on October 22nd that a former Yugoslav army general turned himself over to an international war crimes tribunal yesterday. 68 year old Pavle Strugar is charged in the 1991 shelling of the ancient Croatian town of Dubrovnik, in which dozens of civilians were killed. He faces 16 counts of murder, plunder and wanton destruction of homes.
FGMTV is reporting this item to give hope to the millions of Falun Gong practitioners in China whose bodies have suffered unimaginable torture and whose life savings, personal belongings, and homes have been ransacked and plundered by police and other authorities who have been given free reign to do as they like by Luo Gan. Luo Gan is in charge of the 610 Offices that were established throughout China to carry out the persecution against Falun Gong. The 610 Offices have the power to over-ride the constitution of the Peoples Republic of China as well as each level of the Communist Party and all political and judicial systems in China. Therefore, it contravenes International law.
Practitioners and many other good people in China have carefully recorded the names of those who committed atrocities against practitioners of Falun Gong, along with the details of their crimes. These names of those details are already being given to the proper authorities so that the criminals can be brought to justice and state terrorism in China can be ended.
Because of the information blockade in China, it sometimes takes many months for us to receive news:
§ A On April 10, 2001, Meilie Court in Sanming City, Fujian Province sentenced 7 Falun Gong practitioners to jail terms of from 3 to 5 years. They had been framed and arrested on November 6, 2000 and were charged with "sabotaging the implementation of law by making use of cult organizations". We would remind our viewers that the so-called law that under which these good people were sentenced was passed specifically to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, and that it violates the constitution of China, as well as the
§ One of the 7 practitioners, He Jing, was sentenced to 4 years. He had just graduated from university and was helping to distribute Falun Gong leaflets for the first time. He is in Minxi Prison of Longyan City.
§ We have mentioned that President Jiang Zemin’s right-hand man in charge of the notorious 610 Offices across China. The 610 Office is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.
§ Between January 17 and 23, 2001, Luo Gan visited Hengyang City in order to organize the persecution against practitioners. During these 6 days, mass arrests were carried out and over 1600 practitioners were arrested and detained
§ Those detained were sentenced to forced labor camps in batches. Many are now held in Changsha City Pingtang Forced Labor Prison, Xinkaipu Forced Labor Institute, Zhuzhou City Baimalong Forced Labor Camp and Yuyang City Forced Labor Farm.
FGMTV is happy to report the failure of a Brainwashing Class in Jilin province.
§ It was reported that officials in Jilin Province planned to hold a month-long brainwashing class, for 80 Falun Gong practitioners, beginning on August 28. Police went everywhere to eagerly arrest people, but all the Falun Dafa practitioners in the county collectively sent forth righteous and upright thoughts to eradicate the evil elements behind the 6.10 the Political and Judiciary Committee, and the police department. As a result, only 3 people attended the brainwashing class and on the third day, no one showed up and subsequent classes had to be cancelled.
To protect people from further persecution, we are witholding names from the following item:
When officials drove to a certain village to arrest a Falun Dafa practitioner, with the intention of taking him to brainwashing class, the village officials immediately stopped the arrest saying, "A good person like him should not be 'reformed.' Such a good person is most welcome in our village!" When this villager began to practice Falun Dafa, he strictly conducted himself according to the standards of Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance. Because the village did not get much rain this year and the land was parched, he dug a well by himself and allowed the other villagers use it free of charge to irrigate their land. He was thus commended by the villagers and village officials, and saved from persecution.
And finally, from Greece comes this story:
When Falun Gong practitioners went to the Chinese Embassy in Athens to deliver a package, they learned that the Embassy had closed two hours earlier. Suddenly the large carport opened and out came a big luxury car with a Chinese man in it. "Come back tomorrow.” he said.
Not long afterwards, the large carport opened again and out came a big new Mercedes. The practitioner said, “I quickly approached the driver and started to talk to him. We talked for at least 40 minutes. He was quite negative, but every time he attempted to call Falun Gong a slanderous term he found it impossible to remember the word. I told him "Chinese people have a saying that good is rewarded with good, and evil is punished with evil. It's a heavenly law and no one can escape that. Heaven sees everything." I also said some verses in Chinese. He replied, "I don't believe in that." Immediately, the brand new Mercedes started to roll backwards and crashed into the fence. Miraculously the car had no marks on it, even though the crash made a loud noise. I asked the official: "Do you believe now?" He was quite shaken up and left.
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