Australian Media Widely Broadcast Cases of Persecution of Falun Gong
(Clearwisdom.net) On June 8, 2005, Channel 9, one of Australia's largest TV Stations, and ABC broadcast an interview with Falun Gong practitioners Li Ying and others on prime time television. ABC repeated the broadcasts on the 6:30 pm news, the 7:30pm News Track and the 10:30pm Evening Hotline. The story covered Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted in China and harassed by secret agents abroad.
ABC's main broadcaster was quoted: "After two of the Chinese officials ran away, they confirmed that in the last five years, China had been brutally persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. In China, practicing Falun Gong is enough to be sent to prison."
With his back facing the viewers, Hao Fengjun revealed that there are spies in the consulates and there is a spy network abroad. The government sends businessmen and students abroad to be secret agents who permeate the Falun Gong group as well as various other groups holding different political views. He once read an activity report regarding Li Ying, a Falun Gong practitioner in Sidney, when he was in Tianjin that further confirmed there was a spy network in Australia.
When Li Ying was interviewed, she was shocked to learn that there was a report of her activities in Sydney that Hao Fengjun had read in China. When she practiced Falun Gong in China she knew that her life was in danger every day until she came to the beautiful and free country of Australia in November 2003. Now the feeling of terror she felt in China has returned, and she is worried about her safety again. She revealed her painful experience of two years in a labor camp. Her brother, Li Liang, is still in prison for the same belief, and she has appealed to the Australian people to help rescue her brother as soon as possible.
Li Qizhong said, even in Sydney, he was harassed by the 610 Office. His van displays Falun Gong content, so the vehicle has been repeatedly spray painted and defaced, the windows broken, and the tires slashed. He often receives threatening phone calls and frequently has to change phone numbers.
Zeng Zheng, a Falun Gong practitioner who wrote a book that exposed the dark secret of China's labor camps was also interviewed. She went through brutal persecution in a Chinese labor camp because of her belief, and witnessed other practitioners lose their sanity because of the brutal persecution. She stated: "In the labor camp, they forced you to 'transform' and forced you to read a 'Transformation Statement' in front of everyone, and in order to confirm that you have truly been 'transformed' you have to 'transform' other practitioners. It is despicable."
Jane Dai's husband died from the persecution in China. In order to stop this senseless persecution, she displayed a banner "Stop Killing" in front of the Chinese Consulate, but was stopped because the Minister of Foreign Affairs Downer signed a document forbidding Falun Gong practitioners to display banners outside the Chinese Consulate. She stated that the Chinese government has put pressure on Australia, and the deceitful propaganda has poisoned many Chinese as well as many people in numerous other countries.
On June 9, Australia National Station SBS Evening News and Australia ABC Station 10:30 Evening Hotline reported news about Falun Gong again. He Fengjun revealed inside stories of the Chinese government's persecution of Falun Gong. Practitioner Phillip told the interviewer that he was arrested in 2002, when he went to China to visit his relatives; he was held for several days and persecuted. The authorities attempted to force him to be an informer, but he refused. When he came back to Australia, he was continuously harassed by secret agents. Xie Yan, Phillip's wife, witnessed her three-month-pregnant practitioner friend being tortured to death in a labor camp.
The host also invited the attorney representing Falun Gong practitioners, and Bob Brown, the Green Party leader, to express their opinions regarding the defection of two Chinese officials and the Chinese spy network they disclosed. The attorney mentioned a lawsuit that has been filed against Downer, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for violating Australia's Human Rights and freedom. "Sydney Morning Front," "Times," and "Kenbela" district newspapers all reported cases of Falun Gong practitioners being harassed by the CCP.