MEP Letter Expresses Hope of Apology from French Authorities to Falun Gong Practitioners

HE Monsieur G. Errera
Ambassador of France
58 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7JT

20th February 2004

Dear M. Gerard Errera,

I am writing as a European Parliamentary Friend of the Falun Gong to protest the arrest and handcuffing of practitioners who were peacefully demonstrating in the Champs Elysees on Saturday 24th January. There are serious allegations that this was done at the request of the Chinese Embassy. France as a member of the EU and Council of Europe is committed to the fundamental right of peaceful political protest. I find the allegations of giving in to pressure from the Chinese authorities anxious to deny any platform to protesters during the parade deeply regrettable. I do hope that the request by Falun Gong for an apology from the French authorities will be shortly forthcoming.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Charles Tannock MEP

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