The following speech was made by a representative of European Friends of Falun Gong at a press conference opposite the Chinese Embassy in London. The press conference was to highlight the recent assault of a Falun Gong practitioner by someone who emerged from the Embassy. For more details on this assault, please see http://www.clearharmony.net/articles/200601/31161.html. European Friends of Falun Gong is a non-governmental organisation of people who don't practise Falun Gong but support freedom of belief for practitioners.
We wish to register our shock and disgust at the act of gratuitous violence perpetrated against Falun Gong practitioner Gao Yudong, by a man emerging from the Chinese embassy on the night of Tuesday 24th January 2006.
Ms. Gao was attacked by a drunken assailant while taking part in the peaceful round-the-clock protest against the Chinese government’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. The man was attending the embassy’s party to celebrate the Chinese New Year, but clearly allowed the alcohol and the high spirits of the party to accentuate his true feelings of disdain towards Falun Gong.
This attitude of hatred, as we know, has been nurtured over a long period of time by an intricate and insidious network of officials and henchmen, whose influence within the circles of government and the Chinese Communist Party knows no boundaries.
We hope that the perpetrator of this attack will be brought to justice by the due course of the law of the land. He will of course be afforded a fair trial, all the evidence will be fully considered before any conviction. That is the way it should be. Contrast this with the way Falun Gong practitioners in China have been dealt with, tortured to death and locked away in prisons and labour camps with little chance of release, and certainly with no fair trial.
This is the point we would wish to make absolutely clear to the Chinese officials in the embassy opposite us right now. They must be made to understand that the way their government treats Falun Gong practitioners is morally wrong and has no justification in law. They must reject their government’s stance on Falun Gong and stop supporting the slaughter of innocent people at home, nor should they contribute towards that attitude of hatred being transferred onto the streets of other countries.
European Friends of Falun Gong
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