Since July 1999, when China began to suppress Falun Gong on a large scale, Hong Kong practitioners have often received unfair treatments by the Hong Kong government. In particular, over the past year, the HK government had refused approval to over 50 applications Falun Gong practitioners had made to rent a public place for holding activities. It also arrested and falsely charged 16 Falun Gong practitioners who peacefully and legally appealed outside the Chinese Liaison Office last March, and blocked a large number of overseas Falun Gong practitioners from legally entering the region [around its fifth anniversary of reversion to China on July 1, 2002].
It is estimated that, around the fifth anniversary of HKs reversion to China, the Hong Kong government denied over 130 overseas Falun Gong practitioners entry into the region. Falun Gong practitioners sent letters to the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr. Donald Tsang, to express their concerns about Falun Gong practitioners being denied entry without cause and inhumanely treated before the fifth anniversary of HKs return. The practitioners also urged the Hong Kong government not to blindly follow the directives from the Beijing authorities to suppress Falun Gong, but to safeguard Falun Gongs legal position and rights in Hong Kong, and not to damage the high autonomy of One Country, Two Systems or tarnish Hong Kongs free and open international image.
There were 98 Taiwan Falun Gong practitioners who were denied entry by the Hong Kong Immigration Department during the fifth anniversary celebrations. The Taiwan practitioners expressed in their appeal letter that the practitioners who were repatriated had no record of crimes. They held legal visas but were refused entry. Whats worse, some practitioners were wrapped in canvas tarps and subjected to violence. The Hong Kong government must have been pressured by Jiang to treat Falun Gong practitioners in such an inhumane fashion.
It is estimated that over half of those who tried to enter Hong Kong were blocked, and it is enough to prove that the Hong Kong government had a black list provided by the Mainland. All Falun Gong practitioners required the Hong Kong government to withdraw the black list that seriously infringes upon human rights and rule of law.
As for 16 practitioners who were falsely charged as obstructing traffic, obstructing the police from executing their duty and assaulting the police, all Falun Gong practitioners and supporting communities hope that the Hong Kong government and the judiciary system can safeguard justice and therefore create a wonderful future for Hong Kong people. (For more information on this event, please see www.clearharmony.net/articles/5165.html.)
Several large media outlets came and covered the event. The practitioners also handed out Dafa truth-clarifying literature and displayed poster boards to the Hong Kong people.
Over 200 practitioners also held a group practice in a seashore park.
Reported on July 3, 2002
Translated on July 6, 2002
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