Ireland: Irish Students call on the International Community to Rescue Their Parents

On July 19th, after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been illegally persecuting Falun Gong practitioners for nine years, Tang Liang, a student who majors in Finance at Cork University in Ireland, exposed that he had witnessed in his own eyes how his parents, who practise Falun Gong were illegally arrested when he spent his summer holiday in China. At the moment, his father is still being detained in Jin Shui brain-washing Class, Zhengzhou city, Henan Province and his mother is facing a three to seven year illegal sentence. He calls on the international community to pay attention and offer emergency rescue to his parents.

Tang Liang, 21, said that it was less than a month when was back in China that his parents were taken away by the CCP authorities. He told the whole story of how his parents were arrested: “It was on the evening of February 16th, 2008. My parents were seen by a plain clothes policeman when they were sticking a DVD of the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” on a bus stop board. They were detained in a police station at that time. Since then, no relatives including me have seen my mother again. Five or six policemen took my father, handcuffed, to my home, then they rummaged through chests and cupboards, searched all rooms and even under the floor. Finally they took away all Falun Gong related photos, books, DVDs including a computer. My father wearing a pair of handcuffs told me: ‘It doesn’t matter. Don’t worry about it.’ Since my childhood, I have never seen my parents being maliciously treated like this. But on that night, my kind father was forced to wear a pair of handcuffs. I was extremely sad at that time.”

On his mother’s experience, Tang Liang said: “Since then, all my relatives including me have never seen my mother. My mother’s solicitor has seen her once, but now he is not allowed to see her. My mother told her solicitor: “I have got about 50 CDs.” If they (police) have found out someone who has more than 100 CDs, they will pass a sentence on him or her. Deceived by police, my mother signed a statement that she had 124 CDs. Now the Procuratorate has arrested my mother with a charge of ‘a suspect using Falun Gong for the destruction of facilities and law”. According to what the detention centre said: My mother has collapsed with high blood pressure. My family wanted my mother’s solicitor to see her at the detention centre but were refused. They allow no body to see my mother; this worries me very much,”
Tang Liang’ father should have been released within 24 hours but the police have not done it instead, they have illegally locked him up in a brain-washing class called “Wanqing Sanzhuang” in Zhengzhou city, Henan province.

Police said that they would release him on October 1st and they would not release him until the end of Olympic Games.

Later, for fear of being interviewed by foreign journalists, they have move the brain-washing class to “Huancui Sanzhuang” in Ying Yang city.

In order to complete their task of especially catching and arresting Falun Gong practitioners and obtain their year-end bonus, the evil policemen have been detaining his father in the brain-washing class (the number of arrests and sentences are related to the prize of the Public Security Bureau)

“The CCP authorities have assigned special task to their subordinate police during the period of the Olympic Games hoping they arrest people massively and intensify the passing of sentences on Falun Gong practitioners, this is related to their year-end bonuses. That’s why they refuse to set my father free and lock him up in the brainwashing class. During this period of time, they have captured a lot of Falun Gong practitioners and those who want to appeal for help.”

With the notice of arresting his family members by Jinshui Branch of Zhengzhou City Public Security Bureau in his hand, Tang Liang asked the CCP authorities: What is meant by being “a suspect of using Falun Gong for destruction of facilities and law?” Why are good people who believe in “Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance” sentenced?

He also told a reporter: “About how the CCP authorities torture and persecute Falun Gong practitioners in prison, sometimes even I dare not to imagine what devastations they are suffering from. My relatives not only feared I would get involved in this matter but also were afraid that the CCP authorities would coerce my parents to say something or do something they are not willing to by using me as an excuse (those who used to live in mainland China all have such experience because matters like this have been taking place in all movements run by the CCP). So I came back to Ireland as soon as possible.”

Finally, he also said, “Taking the Olympic Games as an excuse, the CCP is intensifying in suppressing the voices of any dissatisfaction and objection from which my parents are suffering. Now I have an opportunity of coming into an environment with more freedom. I am calling on the international community to pay attention to human rights in China and also help my parents be free as early as possible so that they can continue their faith.”

Zhao Ming, who studied for a master’s degree in Ireland, went for a peaceful appeal when he was back to China on holiday. He was then illegally detained by the CCP authorities for as long as three years. He went back to Ireland with the rescue of the international community.

About the matter that Tang Laing’ parents are being detained, Zhao Ming said, “Since the early part of this year, the CCP has been intensifying in massive arrests of Falun Gong practitioners and persecuting this group using all of China’s resources.”

He added, “If all circles of the EU, such as the overseas dialogues about human rights in China and the many cases being raised; if western society can question these issues and ask the CCP to release the people they have detained, in fact, the CCP is very afraid of these questions.”

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