United Kingdom: Appealing Opposite the Singapore High Commission - Don’t Bow to CCP Pressure

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On Saturday 30th April, London Falun Gong practitioners gathered opposite the Singapore High Commission in protest against the Singapore Government choosing to be an accomplice of the Chinese Communist Party and persecute Falun Gong by sentencing 2 female practitioners to prison. The practitioners requested that the Singapore government immediately release the innocent Falun Gong practitioners. They also called on the Singapore government not to continue to act as an accomplice of the CCP, and immediately stop participating in the persecution.

The two Singapore practitioners, Ms. Ng Chye Huay and Ms. Cheng Lu Jin, were charged with "Assembly without a Permit", "Possession and Distribution of VCDs without a Certificate" and six other charges in May 2004. These charges stem from their introducing Falun Gong and the brutal persecution happening in China to the public on February 23rd 2003 at Esplanade Park. After nearly one year of procedures, on April 27th 2005, a Singapore court delivered an unjust verdict against Ms. Ng and Ms. Cheng. They were ordered to pay fines of 20,000 and 24,000 Singapore Dollars respectively. The two practitioners refused to accept the verdict, and requested to appeal. They were then taken to Changi Women's Prison at 6:00 p.m. the same evening, where they may be jailed for up to 24 weeks.

Mr. Peter Jauhal, Chairman of the European Falun Dafa Association, said that the London practitioners were there to protest against the unjust verdict and the heavy fine imposed for an activity which was perfectly within the constitutional rights of Singaporeans. He further said that it appeared that Singapore had joined China in the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong, and should instead join the rest of the world in condemnation of the massive campaign of human rights abuse taking place in China. Continuing Mr. Jauhal said that the British government had had a long relationship with Singapore and should encourage Singapore to respect the rights of its own citizens to distribute flyers and such like activities.

Practitioners will continue to appeal outside the Singapore High Commission. The Chinese Communist Party is already about to collapse; over 1 million people have already renounced their membership. Practitioners hope that the Singapore Government does not choose to go with it and become a scapegoat for the CCP.

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