Media Reports on the Arrest of Taiwan Citizen Lin Xiaokai (Who Was Released Tuesday October 28)
World Journal reported that on October 22 around 10 Bay Area Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan went to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco on the afternoon of the 21st to request the immediate release of Taiwan Falun Gong practitioner Lin Xiaokai, who was arrested in Shanghai. The practitioners tried to deliver a letter to the consulate. The letter said, "Please immediately release Taiwan Falun Gong practitioner Lin Xiaokai, who is still being detained in Shanghai, as well as other practitioners who are illegally detained." Yang Shaoyu, a practitioner from Taiwan, said the consulate did not open its door to receive the letter, so they left the letter on the doorstep of the consulate. He said that the practitioners hope the staff members in the consulate can listen to the voice from the Bay Area practitioners.
Zhongshi Evening News reported on the 21st that Chang Ching-his, Director of the Falun Dafa Association of Taiwan, said it is still not clear why Lin Xiaokai was arrested. He thinks that every Taiwan citizen should be aware of the possibility of being arrested should they go visit the other side of the strait, because the mainland police may label anyone "promoting Falun Gong." Chang also pointed out that as far as he knows, mainland has a partial blacklist of Taiwan Falun Gong practitioners. Last year some Taiwan citizens who have the same names as some of the practitioners on the blacklist were denied entry to the mainland. Chang said, in a country ruled by law, even if a citizen indeed commits a certain crime, he is still given the right to communicate with the outside. However, Lin Xiaokai totally lost contact with the outside world. That such an appalling treatment would happen to Taiwan people is hard to believe.
Zhongshi Evening News reported on the 21st in Taipei: since the ex-president Jiang Zemin launched the suppression of Falun Gong in July 1999, news has been coming out that practitioners are suffering from persecution and torture...now that the persecution does not only involve mainlanders, it also happens to Taiwan practitioners. On January 2 this year Taiwan citizen Wang Xiuhua went to Shanghai on a business trip. She was detained for 28 days. Everyday she was subject to long-time interrogation and she was deprived of sleep. A mainland woman Cheng Xi, who married a Taiwanese and moved to Taiwan, was arrested when she came back to Shenzhen to visit on January 9, 2003, and was sentenced to 4 years in prison.