On the afternoon of December 18th, 2005, Thailand Falun Gong practitioners held a press conference at the Pinnacle Hotel in Bangkok regarding the incident of the Thai police beating and arresting Falun Gong practitioners under instigation by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime. The practitioners also condemned the CCP for violating Falun Gong practitioners' human rights in Thailand and demanded that Thai police immediately release the detained practitioners.
|Thai practitioners hold a press conference, condemning the CCP's violation of Falun Gong practitioners' human rights|
At the press conference, a Thai Falun Gong practitioner first gave an account of recent events: Eight Falun Gong practitioners, who had peacefully gathered in front of the Chinese embassy in Thailand on December 15th to protest the rape of Falun Gong practitioners by Chinese police, were arrested by the Thai police at the behest of the Chinese embassy. Currently, five practitioners are on their fourth day of a hunger strike at the immigration bureau detention centre. One female practitioner has become very weak. The spokesperson said, "We are extremely worried about their situation. They have done nothing wrong. We hope the Thai government will learn the truth about Falun Gong. Thailand is a democratic country, and it is not good for Thailand to have such a thing occur."
Fourteen-year-old Wang Anqi said, "My parents and I were arrested and taken to the immigration bureau by the Thai police on December 15th. Now my parents are being detained and are on a hunger strike. As a child, I feel lonely and sad. As a human being, I feel worried that the Thai government has made such a choice that violates basic human rights."
Chen Hua, a Falun Gong practitioner from Guangzhou City who escaped mainland China, recounted her personal experience of being brutally persecuted by the CCP regime. She said, "The CCP is nothing but a gang of criminals. Why would you [Thai government] choose to make friends with it?
Thailand Falun Gong practitioners released the following statement, "On December 15th, opposite the Chinese embassy, eight Falun Gong practitioners were arrested by the police. They are all persons of Concern (PoC) and under UNHCR protection. Currently, five detained Falun Gong practitioners have entered the fourth day of their hunger strike. In the past week, Falun Gong practitioners and human rights protectors around the world have been making phone calls and writing letters to Thailand consulates and related departments in different countries around the world to call on them to stop this violation of human rights by the CCP. If they bow to the CCP's pressure, it would mean conspiring with it to continue its crimes against humanity. We hope the government will reconsider the decision, and immediately release the detained Falun Gong practitioners."
|Thailand practitioners protest the CCP's human rights violation in front of the Chinese embassy|
At 10:00 a.m. the same day (Dec. 18th), Thailand practitioners gathered outside the Chinese embassy to appeal. They unfurled banners reading, "The CCP is a criminal regime!" "Thailand should immediately release the Falun Gong practitioners!" and "[We] strongly condemn the rape of Falun Gong practitioners by Chinese police." Shortly afterward, uniformed and plainclothes police arrived. With practitioners' righteous thoughts and truth clarification efforts to the police, the whole event concluded smoothly.
|Appeal against the violation of human rights in front of the Chinese embassy||Practitioners clarify the truth to the police|
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