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Australia says it will raise concerns about the treatment of Falun Gong movement and individual human rights cases.
Sydney, August 12, 2002 (Falun Dafa Information Centre) To coincide with the 6th Annual Bilateral China-Australia Human Rights Dialogue being held in Canberra during the week 12th to 16th August, witnesses to human rights abuses of Falun Gong practitioners in China will be holding a media briefing.
When people hear the truth about the persecution, they often ask, “Why does the the Jiang regime persecute Falun Gong? Why does this regime treat a group of people with such brutality, just for cultivating their bodies and minds?” Everyone with rational thinking finds it ridiculous.
Hong Kong used to have the name of “the pearl of the east.” This is because it is not only an important center of trade and business in world economy but also a free, democratic, and civilized society. It is the window of converging and communication of politics and culture between the east and west.
At 1 pm, August 5, practitioners from the Sydney area held a press conference outside the Chinese Consulate in Sydney regarding Hong Kong’s trial of Swiss and Hong Kong practitioners. They called on people of all walks of life to express concern and help stop this “political persecution.”
On the morning of August 6, Falun Dafa practitioners in Melbourne, Australia held peaceful sit-in in front of the Chinese Embassy to protest the Jiang regime’s persecution on Hong Kong people’s freedom and democracy and call on Hong Kong authority to immediately dismiss the politically motivated accusation against the 16 Falun Gong practitioners.
“No amount of hatred can crush our compassionate hearts, and no propaganda can forever hide the truth.” On March 14, 2002, twelve Hong Kong practitioners joined the four Swiss to begin a quiet, three-day sit-in and hunger strike in front of the Peoples’ Republic of China Liaison Office. Photographic and video documentation (photos and timeline) clearly illustrate that the practitioners appealed peacefully, posed no threat, and left ample room for pedestrian traffic.
Nicholas Johnson, a member of Amnesty International, visited the protest. He says, Their banners are inoffensive, the area is kept clean and unobtrusive and the protestors in no way interrupt the running of the mission, spending most of their time in quiet meditation.
August 5, 2002 (Falun Dafa Information Center) – Today, as 16 Swiss and Hong Kong practitioners of Falun Gong are on trial in the SAR for peacefully appealing outside China’s Liaison Office to end the torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners in China, reports surface of eight more deaths due to police brutality on the Mainland.