WASHINGTON, D.C.–Falun Gong practitioners hosted a rally, June 30, in front of the Chinese Embassy to protest Hong Kong's deportation of Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan, Australia and other areas during the July 1 celebration period. According to the Falun Dafa Association in Taiwan, around 800 Falun Gong practitioners have been deported.
The practitioners say that pressure from the communist regime is the reason why Hong Kong is applying repressive measures that are repugnant to the rule of law and the way most civilized countries welcome foreign visitors.
The rally was broadcast live on the Internet by a Chinese-language web site, Youmaker.
Upon learning this, Dr. Sen Nieh, the host of the rally, said, "We are very happy to know that we have obtained support from fellow Chinese on the Mainland. Such a large-scale deportation case happened on the eve of the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China. Yet the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] has pressured most Chinese language media to be silent. We are very encouraged that so many Mainlanders joined us despite the information blockade by the CCP, and that the rally notice came out only 10 hours before the start time."
News commentator Zhang Jielian spoke at the rally. He said that the largest deportation in Hong Kong's history revealed that the CCP feared that people from the Mainland who come to join the ten-year Hong Kong return celebration would see banners and signs regarding the massive wave of Chinese quitting the CCP and its related organizations.
"There are two spiritual movements in China now," said Zhang. "One is the movement of quitting the CCP and its related organizations. The other is the rights-protection movement. Everyday, there are more than 300 group activities resisting CCP's violence and corruption. Once these two movements intersect and synthesize, it will be a huge disaster for the CCP."
Zhang explained that Hong Kong was a central focus point for news and information. If many visitors from Mainland China see during the July 1 celebration the movements of quitting the CCP, they will become mediums of good tidings once they go back to China and connect the two movements. This is the root of CCP's fear that prompted the large-scale deportation, he said.
Two Falun Gong practitioners, who respectively experienced deportation in Iceland in 2003 and in Hong Kong in 2001, spoke as well. They expressed their confidence in people knowing the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong and asked the Hong Kong government not to kowtow to Beijing.
Since June 24, large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners have traveled to Hong Kong to support July 1 activities and the recent lawsuit against former CCP leader Jiang Zemin in Hong Kong. Most of them were forcefully deported by the immigration office at the Hong Kong airport.