Media Concerned Falun Gong Practitioners Being Denied Entry to Hong Kong Due to a Blacklist (Photo)
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioners from around the world have successively arrived in Hong Kong, preparing to attend a cultivation experience sharing conference on May 1-2 and a parade to express their "peaceful opposition to the persecution." Several Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan were denied entry to Hong Kong and forcefully sent back to Taiwan. One of the female practitioners was abducted and injected unknown drugs, causing her feet to become swollen.
AP reported on April 29 in Hong Kong: Hong Kong area Falun Gong spokesperson Kan Hung-cheung stated that Hong Kong authorities barred four Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan from entering Hong Kong for "security reasons,'' and sent them back to Taiwan. Kan Hung-cheung said, "This is unreasonable and absolutely wrong,"
Kan Hung-cheung pointed out that three female and one male practitioner from Taiwan had planned to attend a two-day Falun Gong meeting on Saturday in Hong Kong, but after the four practitioners arrived in Hong Kong on April 28, Kan saidd that Hong Kong officials searched them and their luggage before putting them on planes back to the Taiwanese cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung. He also claimed that an official injected unspecified medicine into the leg of one of the practitioners, a woman.
VOA reported on April 30 that Hong Kong's Falun Gong group charged on Friday that four more foreign Falun Gong practitioners were denied entry. At present, at least 12 practitioners from Taiwan and Macau have been barred from entering Hong Kong.
According to AP news, Falun Gong practitioners planned to hold a cultivation experience sharing conference this weekend. But since Wednesday, eleven practitioners from Taiwan and one from Macau have been barred from entering Hong Kong for what officials described as "security reasons." Spokesperson for Falun Gong in Hong Kong Kan Hung-cheung stated that the Hong Kong government's action was unreasonable.
The SCMP reported on April 30 that at least 12 practitioners from Taiwan and Macau were barred from entering Hong Kong. These practitioners were coming to attend a cultivation experience sharing conference this weekend. Hong Kong spokesperson Kan Hung-cheung said, ""We strongly protest the Hong Kong government's unreasonable action to deny entry to our practitioners."
The report said that 800 practitioners - including some from Macau, Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia -- were expected to attend a two-day conference starting Saturday. Kan said 80 foreign practitioners were barred from entry to Hong Kong for a similar conference in February last year. Falun Gong practitioners believe they can improve their health, morality and peace of mind through meditation and slow-motion exercise.
The Stars (Malaysia) reported on April 30 that Falun Gong practitioners said on Friday that at least four practitioners were barred from entering Hong Kong for "security reasons." Hong Kong-based spokeswoman Sophie Xiao said that the four practitioners were coming to Hong Kong for a Falun Gong conference this weekend.
The reports said that the Falun Gong group frequently protests in Hong Kong to demand the right to practice its belief on the mainland, creating a dilemma for the territory's government, which allows freedom of speech but doesn't want to offend Beijing.
Central News Agency's report said that today nine more Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan were barred from entering Hong Kong. More than a dozen practitioners have been sent back to Taiwan.
Hong Kong Falun Gong group's spokesperson Kan Hung-cheung said to a correspondent of the Central News Agency that this afternoon three Falun Gong practitioners from Taipei arrived at the Hong Kong international airport, and were detained and questioned by customs officers. Afterwards, they were sent back to Taiwan. In the evening, six more practitioners from Tainan and Kaohsing were also denied entry, and were still being detained and questioned.
Kan said that from April 28 to 30, 16 Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan were denied entry, and ten of them have been sent to Taiwan. This Hong Kong Falun Gong Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference expects 700-800 practitioners in attendance, and 300-400 of them are expected to be Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan.
Falun Gong practitioners will hold a cultivation experience sharing conference on May 1, and they will hold a parade from Victoria Park to the Chinese Liaison Office in protest.
In addition according to FDI reports: At present, practicing Falun Gong is still protected by Hong Kong's laws, but evidence shows that the Hong Kong government is suppressing Falun Gong practitioners' activities in Hong Kong step by step. For example, Falun Gong practitioners were refused 36 times in 2002 to rent government venues to hold activities with an excuse of no room available. They also brought a charge against Falun Gong practitioners who were peacefully appealing, accusing them of "obstructing the street." Recently, they denied entry of foreign Falun Gong practitioners to Hong Kong.