On March 25th, 2008, Falun Gong practitioners held a press conference at the Chinese Embassy in Ireland protesting against the CCP arresting large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners on the eve of the Olympic Games. The practitioners called on international communities to be concerned about the condition of human rights in China, so as to stop the persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP and release all illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners in China.
|Falun Gong practitioners in Ireland condemn the CCP for persecuting Falun Gong in the name of protecting the Olympics|
|The media interviews a Falun Gong practitioner|
On the eve of the Olympic Games, the CCP, in the name of the Central Commission of Politics and Law, has given a secret order to arrest a great number of Falun Gong practitioners, which has lead to more deaths and cases of kidnapping and arrests occurring on a large scale all over China.
Falun Gong practitioners at the Embassy were holding banners worded "Strongly condemning the CCP for arresting large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners before the Olympic Games" and the truth clarifying boards, telling passers by how cruelly the CCP has been persecuting Falun Gong since 1999. After accepting truth clarifying material about Falun Gong, passers by were asking about the detail of it and the condition of human rights in China.
At the Press Conference, Zhao Ming, a spokesman for Falun Gong in Ireland, said: “At the beginning of making the Olympic bid, the Chinese Communist authorities made a promise to the international communities that it would improve human rights. Now China’s human rights have not improved, but instead, the CCP is intensifying its persecution of Falun Gong, human rights advocators etc. by using the Olympics.” He said: “We are here expressing our strong protest against the CCP mass arrests of Falun Gong practitioners in China. Since this January, it has started to arrest a Falun Gong practitioner which has happened before the so-called Olympic Games. What it has done intends to remove the voices of protesters. These arrests have shown that the CCP has no sincerity, as it said when making the Olympic bid that it would improve human rights in China. On the contrary, it has started to arrest innocent Falun Gong practitioners in large numbers, which has attracted world wide attention. Local police directly search and arrest Falun Gong practitioners at home or in their working places and then detain them in local detention centres forced labour camps and brain washing classes. ”
“According to a Minghui Net reports: Since the end of last year to March 11th this year, 1,878 Falun Gong practitioners have been illegally arrested, which involves a total of China's twenty nine provinces, in Beijing more than 100 Falun Gong practitioners have been persecuted.” Zhao Ming said: “What is happening in China shows that the condition of human rights in China has not all improved but the number of Falun Gong practitioners who have been persecuted to death is still growing every day according to Minghui Net”.
He called on the Irish government and international communities to be concerned with the matter and hoped that all Chinese people will come and get to know the truth and choose justice and conscience. He said: “Here, we advise all staff from departments of the Chinese government, such as the department of foreign affairs to quickly withdraw from the cult organisation the CCP. The day of eliminating the CCP is coming soon; those who are still following the CCP will receive punishment and justice.”
The Press Conference caught the attention of a number of media in Ireland, such as the Irish RTE, Newstalk 106 - 108, FM104 and the INN (Independent News Network) and they all conducted interviews with Falun Gong practitioners.
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