Persecution Imported to NYC From China

Chinese Communist Party influences Chinatown New Years parade

By Tara MacIsaac
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 26, 2012 Last Updated: February 1, 2012
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A group of drummers in a Falun Dafa parade in Chinatown, April 2010. The drummers and the Falun Dafa Association are excluded from the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown on Sunday, Jan. 29. Organizers cite security concerns as the reason, but others say it's a decision influenced by the Chinese Consulate. (Dai Bing/The Epoch Times)

A group of drummers in a Falun Dafa parade in Chinatown, April 2010. The drummers and the Falun Dafa Association are excluded from the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown on Sunday, Jan. 29. Organizers cite security concerns as the reason, but others say it's a decision influenced by the Chinese Consulate. (Dai Bing/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—It is Chinese New Year, a time for celebrating as a community—but you’re only part of the community in Chinatown if the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) approves.

That’s what Rutgers University professor Ko-lin Chin says, commenting that he is not surprised the New York Falun Dafa Association has been excluded from participating in the Chinatown parade this weekend.

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a spiritual practice that has been persecuted by the CCP since 1999. According to reports from Amnesty International and the United Nations, practitioners continue to be imprisoned, tortured, and killed in China.

It seems the organizer has a prejudice. He seems to be affected by the political pressure, so they do not allow Falun Gong to participate, which is very unfortunate.

–Huang Yuzhen, president-elect, Lin Sing Association

“Even if there’s no order from the Chinese Consulate, all these organizations know that if they allow the Falun Gong to be a part of it [the parade], they are going to get into trouble,” said Chin in a phone interview.

Chin is described as “the foremost academic expert in the U.S. on Chinese organized crime,” in a National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) report sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice. The paper shows that one of the parade organizers, the Fukien American Association, is affiliated with Chinese organized crime.

For example, the Fukien American Association provides the powerful Fuk Ching gang “with a physical place to gather and hang out. They allow the gang to operate on their territory, thus legitimizing them with the community. They also provide criminal opportunities (such as protecting gambling operations), as well as supplying money and guns,” states the report.

The FAA is also closely tied to the Chinese communist regime, says Chin.

“If you are a community leader, if you are the head of these associations, you will definitely want to maintain a good relationship [with the CCP] for many reasons—one is that you might need help from them in the future,” said Chin.

He explained that community leaders in Chinatown do what the Chinese Consulate says to avoid trouble if they go back to China.

The parade is organized by the Better Chinatown Society and the Fukien American Association. Steven Tin, president of the Better Chinatown Society says the only reason the Falun Dafa Association has been excluded is due to “security reasons.” Kenneth Cheng, chairman of the Fukien American Association, said, “We don’t want any political group, because there will be disruption of security.”

The New York Police Department (NYPD) did not make the security call. An NYPD spokesperson said, “We don’t ban anyone from any parades.”

Levi Browde of the Falun Dafa Association said there have been no security issues in previous parades, aside from a minor incident at last year’s Flushing New Years parade. A man ran into the procession and tore a Falun Dafa banner.

The Falun Dafa Association participated in the Chinatown parade in 2007 and in previous years. It also hosts parades regularly in the city, such as its annual parade through Chinatown on April 25, which marks the anniversary of a 1999 appeal to the CCP to provide Falun Gong practitioners with a safe and legal environment.

The Falun Dafa Association has also participated in many parades throughout the city, including St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s Day parades, and has often won awards for the music of its marching band.

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  • Anonymous

    WOW!!  How ridiculous it is to ban a peaceful association such as  Falun Dafa from a parade for the purpose of not upsetting  the Fukien American Association, that’s knowingly reported to be affiliated with Chinese organized crime in the USA.
    Falun Dafa practitioners live like everyone else only they meditate and practice truth, compassion and tolerance on a daily basis.  How is that political?? If the Fukien American Association, is in charge of the chinese community in the USA isn’t that dangerous?
    It’s so sad that Falun Dafa practitioners are still being persecuted in China since 1999 but for it to be allowed to carry on in North America (in the name of being political) is a devious way for the ccp to filter their corruption.

  • Edward Melnychuk

    The PRC actually loves Falun Dafa  members.  Their body parts bring in $Millions for the Party on the international market.

  • Adryahn

    Having defected from an ex-communist regime over 30yrs ago, it infuriates me to see how these communist thugs have infiltrated the US politics and even in Europe. There’s no way you can deal with these thugs, and here’s proof – such a peaceful group like Falun Gong, all of these years they have peacefully lived among us and the only reason that they need to bring this to our attention is not because they are involved in politics (I have yet to hear of a Falung Gong person running for any office) but because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to brutally crack down on Falun Gong and then they come here and say they want to be our friends??? Meanwhile they do everything they can to persecute Falun Gong even outside of China, just like all the communists did from Eastern Europe and Russia – I know from experience.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad to see this happening in the U.S. But it also  happens in other parts of the world too. The CCP (Chinese Communist Party)  is so slick at putting pressure on organizations. politicians, mayors, business leaders  and the like to stop Falun Dafa participating in parades. I only hope these people wake up and stop believing the lies this corrupt regime is saying about Falun Dafa. 
    The only reasons Chinese people turn up to support the CCP is either the fear they have (of the regime)  or they are being paid by the communist  party.
    It’s a huge difference from loyalty and heart that true citizens of a country show when they celebrate.
    Come on America show the rest of the world how it should be done. Don’t let the CCP subvert your human rights.


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