Germany: Falun Gong Practitioner Refused a Passport Extension Because her Name is on a Blacklist

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On the 10th of February, some Chinese and German staff from The Epoch Times newspaper came to the Chinese Embassy in Berlin to protest against the violence of the CCP and ask that the henchmen who had beaten up Dr. Li Yuan (Falun Gong practitioner), a global technology inspector general of The Epoch Time in Atlanta, USA,.to be brought to justice. At the same time, Zheng Zhihong, a Falun Gong practitioner from Berlin had been asked to come to the Embassy to “have a talk”.

Before entering the Embassy, Ms Zheng told the policeman on duty about her passport and the malevolent nature of the CCP and also gave him a copy of the “Nine Commentaries on the CCP", an editorial by the Epoch Times newspaper.

A week earlier, Ms Zheng applied to have her passport extended and handed in her passport to the Embassy before its expiration date. Meanwhile, she had to register permanent residence for her five-month-old son as well. The staff of the Embassy accepted her application and told her that she could get her passport back next Friday, February 10th. On Monday, Ms Zheng answered a call from the Embassy. The person on the phone asked whether Ms Zheng practised Falun Gong or not. When she answered, “Yes”, she was told to come to the Embassy and “have a talk”. When the Embassy staff asked if her husband practised Falun Gong as well, she refused to answer.

On February 10th, Zheng, together with a western Falun Gong practitioner, arrived at the Embassy where she had a talk with a staff member at the window for those who apply for an extension of their passports. According to Ms Zheng, the staff member told her, "You should have known what Falun Gong practitioners are doing in China.” Zheng answered, “I not only know what they are doing, they haven’t done anything illegal but I know what the CCP is doing in China and how the CCP is persecuting Falun Gong as well.” With her observation, the staff who talked with her looked nervous and seemed that he didn’t want to go deep into the matter.

Finally, the staff member of the Embassy refused to give the passport back to Ms Zheng, making an excuse of not having it ready. Zheng asked them to explain why they at first told her that they would have her passport ready within a week but now told her that they didn’t have it ready and still wanted to have a talk about Falun Gong with her. The staff member refused to give any explanations; called in a German policeman and told him a lie that Ms Zheng was distributing material about Falun Gong at the Embassy. When the policeman stated that Ms Zheng didn’t distribute any materials, he didn’t pay any attention to the requirement of driving her away from the Embassy

After leaving the Embassy, Ms Zheng immediately participated in the protest against the violence of the CCP.

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