Canada: Practitioners Gather in Montreal as the Lawsuit Against Les Presses Chinoises Enters the Final Phase

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After two weeks of court proceedings were conducted in November 2003, final arguments will be presented by both sides in practitioners' lawsuit against the slander and hate-incitement by Les Presses Chinoises in a Montreal courtroom from February 23 to 25, 2004. The case has gone on for more than two years, and should finally reach a verdict. Dafa practitioners from Toronto and Ottawa, overcoming many difficulties, arrived to work with local practitioners to comprehensively explain the facts to local people and attend the three days of court hearings.

Dafa practitioners come to Montreal's Chinatown

Practitioners expressed that the purpose of the lawsuit is to restore the reputation of Falun Gong, and stop the Chinese Embassies and Consulates from using overseas Chinese media to spread Jiang's slander, lies and hate propaganda in Canada. Recently, Falun Gong practitioner Joel Chipkar won a lawsuit against Pan Xinchun, the Deputy Chinese Consul-General in Toronto for libel.

Falun Gong practitioners have sued Jiang Zemin for the crime of genocide in the US, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Taiwan and Korea. Practitioners in Canada are preparing for a similar case here.

The Les Presses Chinoises case is only the beginning of a series of human rights cases related to Falun Gong in the world. The case will likely have tremendous influence over later human rights cases and related cases involving slander propaganda.

Canada is a country that is free and democratic, and has a proud record in safeguarding human rights. However, Chinese Embassies and Consulates in Canada incite hatred against Canadian citizens and residents on Canadian soil. Writings and pictures slandering Falun Gong have been displayed on the wall of the Visa Application Room at the Chinese Consulate General in Toronto since June 2002. Every day, as many as 200 people risk having their minds poisoned by reading the deceptive propaganda. In China, the persecution against Falun Gong is still going on, Dafa practitioners are tortured to death daily. Stopping hate propaganda needs our unremitting efforts. We will continue our efforts until justice is served.

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