Mr. Cao Dong Given Five Year Prison Sentence for Talking to European Parliament Vice President

On February 8th, 2007, Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Cao Dong was sentenced to five years in prison by the Gansu Provincial Court. His so-called "crimes" were "illegally connecting with a foreign anti-China force," and "illegally accepting interviews." Mr. Cao Dong is appealing these false charges.

In all of China's current laws, there is no such article discussing "illegal interviews." On May 21st, 2006, Mr. Cao Dong met with the European Parliament Vice President, Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott, who came to China to investigate the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong. In order to rescue his detained wife, Mr. Cao Dong testified on the mistreatment his wife and many other Falun Gong practitioners are receiving.

More unreasonable accusations the court is accusing Mr. Cao of are the collected Assisting Education Agreement, Law Suit Statement, Visitation Notification, Release from Labour Education Notification given to Mr. Scott to take photos. However, these documents were issued by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Forced Labour System, and everyone released from the forced labour camp receives them as part of their legal documents. How can these be threatening to the country?

Mr. Cao Dong emphasised in court that all he talked to Mr. McMillan-Scott about were personal experiences. Maybe it was these facts that were the most terrifying to the CCP, since they fall into the category of wrongful violence. The bloody persecution of a group of people who believe in Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance has lasted so long, and it has reached a brutality that has been unprecedented in history. The international community is concerned. The CCP heavily sentenced Mr. Cao Dong just because he exposed the persecution to the international community. The CCP confessed, "According to a CCP Central 610 Office1 statement, 'It [the persecution] could be easily exposed on the media if we sentenced Mr. Cao Dong in Beijing,' and according to the order from the 17th Branch of the State Safety Bureau, 'it is better to transfer Cao Dong to Gansu Province (where his hometown is located) and have the State Safety Bureau sentence him,' ...If we allowed Cao Dong to be released, it will be a threat to the Capital City's social stability..."

Especially since February 2007, the Canadian independent investigators have added much powerful new evidence to their investigative report on the CCP's harvesting living Falun Gong practitioners' organs. The crimes are gradually being fully revealed to the world. The CCP is trying to deceive the whole world by hastily sentencing Mr. Cao Dong.

We hereby call all kind-hearted people who care about Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted in China to continue condemning the CCP's violent crimes and support Mr. Cao Dong and all detained Falun Dafa practitioners in China. End this persecution now!


1. "The 610 office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.

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