It's been over one month since pro-communist mobs first attacked Falun Gong practitioners in Flushing. The attacks, which were organized the Chinese communist party's (CCP) consulate in New York, began on May 17 and have continued to this day.
The incidents have aroused the concern of people from various circles. In an interview with The Epoch Times Dr. Yang Jianli, a renowned civil right activist and chairman of the Civil Force Organization, called the behavior of the Chinese Communist regime in the Flushing incidents "despicable." He explained that the attacks damage the image of Chinese immigrants and could threaten their status in the U.S. He called on overseas Chinese to step up and resist the violence.
Yang said, "I think all Chinese people should contemplate the true meaning of patriotism seriously. Patriotism should upgrade our nations standing, so that Chinese people can be respected in the international community. However, those violent deeds can only make Chinese people despised by foreigners, degrade Chinese people's standing and damage their image. In reality, what they have done is not patriotic, and on the contrary, is harms our country."
In the first week of the attacks, the Chinese consul general in New York, Peng Keyu, boasted about his role in rallying the violent mobs to an undercover investigator. Of this, Yang said, "I think this kind of behavior is a continuance of the CCP's bureaucratic tradition. They are proud of themselves after committing evil deeds, as they can report them to their superiors to get credit. This kind of behavior is indeed very disgusting."
He added, "It is very abominable that the Chinese Communist regime manipulates some Chinese people overseas. Their act is tantamount to the extension of the CCP's autocratic rule and terrorism to a foreign country. Some Chinese immigrants have no choice but to cooperate with the regime, as they still need the regime to support their businesses and their family members in China may need help from the CCP. Therefore, the entire world needs to be aware of this situation."
Commenting on the incident where pro-communist mobs assaulted volunteer workers for the Quitting CCP Service Center, Yang said, "The quitting-CCP campaign is a very good initiative, as it is important to urge Chinese people to withdraw from the evil Party. If there are more and more people quitting the CCP, its foundation will be significantly damaged, putting it in a fragile situation."
Yang also urged all the overseas Chinese to step forward to clearly oppose the appalling deeds in Flushing, "We overseas Chinese should also take responsibility for it. For one thing, we should clearly express that we are against this kind of behavior and any other kinds of violence, not to mention the violent deeds by the Chinese regime."
After the Sichuan earthquake, details surfaced which revealed that CCP officials in China ignored warnings from seismologists of an impending earthquake. In addition, the CCP was facing heavy criticism for an inadequate rescue effort as well as horrendous construction in school buildings where thousands of children lost their lives during the earthquake.
Desperate to deflect this unwanted attention, the CCP launched a massive propaganda blitz against Falun Gong in the weeks after the earthquake. The main theme in this wave of propaganda was the false charge that Falun Gong practitioners were somehow blocking earthquake relief donations. The blitz was initiated with the Flushing attacks, which were heavily coveredóand distortedóby state controlled Chinese media, who presented the events as patriotic Chinese attacking the unpatriotic.
"The Chinese regime has spared no effort to defame Falun Gong in China and has tried to extend its autocratic education and governance overseas. Since some Chinese immigrants' English is poor, they are used to watching the news reports of the CCTV and seldom watch the U.S. news reports after arriving in the U.S. Lacking new information, many of them still think that Falun Gong is like what described by the CCP in China. Thereby, they are prone to be manipulated by the Chinese regime, and have hatred against Falun Gong. Given that, the major problem with these immigrants is that they are not accustomed to different information, and keep receiving the information provided by the CCTV. Therefore, their ways of thinking are prone to be twisted," said, Dr. Yang.
"I think that all the Chinese citizens have dual responsibilities after such a powerful earthquake. On one hand, they should lend a helping hand to the earthquake victims, and on the other, they should take responsibility for overseeing the government's relief operations. China, in particular, has a regime that does not allow supervision by public opinion and lacks any civilian oversight of the government's performance. As a result, we should further bear the responsibility of reminding the Chinese people to monitor the authorities' enforcement."
Call on U.S. Government to Take Judicial Measures
Dr. Yang also urged the U.S. government to take legal action and any other effectual avenues to punish the violent mobs. He said as the CCP has extended the persecution overseas, the entire world should be alert to it.
He said, "It would be lamentable if the U.S. government fails to take enough effective measures to stop this atrocious act. We cannot allow autocratic deeds to continue in this way any more."
In terms of the CCP officials' conduct, Yang expressed, "The U.S. side should deliver a diplomatic note to protest the atrocious deeds, and demand that they be sent back to China. These are the approaches commonly taken by most countries."
He stressed, "When a diplomat breaks the national laws of the country where he or she is stationed, they are subject to expulsion. This kind of violent act should never happen again in a free society. "