NEW YORK—The President of the China Interim Government, renowned political critic Mr. Wu Fan, criticized two elected officials for their alleged role in defending pro-communist Chinese allegedly involved in a string of violent actions against Falun Gong practitioners in Flushing, New York City.
Mr. Wu told The Epoch Times that New York City Council member John Liu and New York State Assemblywoman Ellen Young were helping “a tyrant do evil.” The U.S. government is currently conducting an investigation of the two officials in response to complaints received from some New York City residents.
Attacks against practitioners of Falun Gong began on May 17 near the Queens Library in Flushing. The attacks continued for close to two months but became less frequent as police presence in the area increased.
Distorting the Facts
Mr. Wu said that the two officials have “distorted the facts” and acted on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its agents.
“Falun Gong has not affected Ms. Ellen Young's life in the past. Now, when the CCP started persecuting Falun Gong, Ms. Young jumped out and said that Falun Gong practitioners affected her life, or Falun Gong affected her life. They don’t even know these basic facts. Isn’t this a problem?”
He added that they cannot take their words back now, and people will question why they were not clear about the facts of the Flushing incident and why they did not follow the “fundamental values of the U.S.”
Wu questioned whether the two are qualified to be public figures since they “ignored facts” and did not listen to a large group of their constituents.
Mr. Wu also said that in the U.S., some public figures within the Chinese community have been bought off by the CCP, and people would be able to identify them by observing what they say and how they act.
The U.S. government will sooner or later take action, Wu said, and the future of the two officials would “most likely be affected” by their actions. He said the CCP might have assisted them in getting some votes, but their actions will drive supporters away, as people have become clearer in their minds. After the Flushing incident, in particular, people can more clearly differentiate the good and the bad side, and would further despise those who work for the CCP, Wu said.
Young lost in the Sep. 9 primary election for the Democratic Party nomination, which means she would have to run as an independent or third-party candidate in order to retain her seat in the New York State Assembly.