HONG KONG—A member of what appears to be a newly set up Chinese Communist Party (CCP) front organization threatened Falun Gong practitioners at the Hung Hum Train Station with a large butcher’s knife. When police were asked to respond to the incident they showed little interest in investigating further, according to witnesses.
On the afternoon of July 4, members of the Hong Kong Youth Care Association arrived at the Hung Hum Station in the Kowloon District of Hong Kong and resumed their routine of disrupting the Falun Gong information site there.
When Falun Gong practitioners attempted to negotiate, members of the Association began shouting and cursing, according to videos of the event and participant accounts.
The apparent organizer of the event, a man named Lin Guo-an, tried blocking the reporters’ cameras with his hand, while yelling aggressively.
Just before 9 p.m. Cai Wen Wen, a female reporter who was covering the incident for the Chinese-language broadcaster New Tang Dynasty Television, noticed that a woman in the group was holding a long butcher’s knife. After realizing that they were being caught on camera, another female member from the group took the knife from the woman and, walking toward Cai while brandishing the knife, asked: “What are you doing?”
Cai cried for help, but police stationed nearby did not respond. Six or seven minutes later, a police patrol car arrived and asked if anyone was carrying a knife.
Cai told the police that she had video evidence of the woman brandishing the knife at her, but the police were not interested in a further investigation of the issue, she said.
After speaking with members of the Association, the police left without giving any warnings or taking any action, apparently accepting the claim that the knife was being used by the group to prepare its banners.
The Hong Kong Youth Care Association may have been set up explicitly to advance the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign against Falun Gong in Hong Kong.
Members from the Association began their anti-Falun Gong activities in Hong Kong in early June, two days after the Association was founded, according to public records. They hung banners slandering Falun Gong over the top of the Falun Gong banners that criticized the CCP’s persecution of the group. In one case the wording on the banner read “Cherish life, reject the evil religion,” a phrase that was heavily used by the CCP mouthpiece People’s Daily in the early days of the anti-Falun Gong propaganda campaign in 1999 and 2000.
The Association shares the same registration address as a company whose chairman is legislative councilor of the pro-communist political party Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB). The group’s leader, Lin Guo-an, is a member of the Jinggangshan City Political Consultative Conference in Jiangxi Province, which is a united front rubber-stamp political organization.
So far, their primary group activity appears to be disrupting Falun Gong protests. Along with the slanderous banners, group members have taken to placing loudspeakers blaring audio next to Falun Gong practitioners attempting to perform quiet meditative exercises.
On the evening of July 3, the day before the knife incident, group members tried to disrupt the Falun Gong information site near the Lok Ma Chau Train Station in the Yuen Long District, again setting up banners with slanderous messages. And like in a spate of previous incidents, about a dozen young people were led by Lin Guo-an. Upon arrival they quickly moved to smother the Falun Gong banners with their own.
Falun Gong is a Chinese spiritual practice that involves five exercises and a focus on the teachings of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. The Chinese regime began persecuting the group in 1999 after the decision of former Party leader Jiang Zemin, who feared the popularity and rapid growth of the practice. In late 2004, having exhausted the possibility of negotiation with the regime after five years of fruitless attempts, Falun Gong began a campaign called tuidang, aimed at persuading mainland Chinese to renounce their ties with the Party. The sites in Hong Kong offer practitioners a platform to directly counsel mainlanders to renounce the CCP.
Nelson Wong Sing-chi, a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council, said, “I think this is a big issue. It concerns people threatening and intimidating freedom of reporting. This is a serious offense.”
“The fact that the police condoned these people’s attitudes toward the press is even more unacceptable,” Wong said.
Chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association Mak Yin-ting said that threatening reporters with a weapon is considered a crime, adding that, “It causes serious damage to freedom of the press and freedom of reporting.”
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