In the run up to the Olympics, at least five Sydney Falun Gong practitioners have reported recent verbal and physical attacks in public by pro-communist Chinese on different occasions because of their beliefs.
In one case, 60-year-old Mrs Ma received a death threat while at a human rights display at the popular Sydney tourist site, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, which is frequented by Chinese tourists.
"I want to kill you," yelled a Chinese bus driver at Mrs Ma, who was also physically assaulted by the man. Mrs Ma said the attacks reminded her of the Cultural Revolution in China. Similar incidents have been reported in Sydney's Chinatown and outside a student college.
Earlier this week on Tuesday in the city centre, another Falun Gong practitioner, Charlie Ni, who was handing out an independent newspaper, was assaulted by a Chinese student.
Mr Ni said that two teachers asked him what had happened and he explained that one of their students had kicked him twice before running away inside the English language college.
"The teacher asked me if anyone else saw it and I said that there was nobody nearby. So the teacher said 'If nobody saw it how can we know he kicked you?'" Mr Ni then said that one of the teachers suggested they review the college's security video.
"So we went back to watch the video and after they watched it they saw that the student really did kick me twice," said Mr Ni.
"I think maybe he was manipulated by someone to do this because he didn't say anything to me and just kicked me twice very quickly. He said he didn't like what was in the newspaper." The independent newspaper covers human rights abuses committed by the Communist regime in China.
Sydney Falun Gong spokesperson, Kay Rubacek, said similar incidents had been occurring overseas and on a large scale in New York City, US, where pro-communist mobs attacked Falun Gong practitioners. New York police arrested at least seven pro-communist Chinese for assaulting Falun Gong practitioners there.
"Like similar incidents overseas recently, it is most likely that these attacks here in Australia are also pre-meditated, organised and traced back to Beijing," said Mrs Rubacek, "as many Chinese student organisations and provincial associations are known to be linked to, and mobilised, by communist authorities in Beijing."
"It must be made clear to the Chinese regime that inciting hatred is completely unacceptable in Australia," she said. The incidents have been reported to local authorities who are investigating the matter.