Washington DC: Practitioners Call on Singapore to Drop the Charges Against Practitioners and Not to Appease the CCP (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioners in Washington DC held a press conference in front of the Singapore Embassy at noon on July 18, 2006. They called on Singapore to drop the illegal charges against Falun Gong practitioners and no longer appease the CCP. Two American government officials who have been concerned about the CCP's atrocities of harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners proposed on their own initiative to help deliver the open letter from the Washington DC Falun Dafa Association to the Singapore Ambassador.
Falun Gong practitioners make speeches at press conference
DC practitioners gather in front of the Singapore Embassy to call on Singapore to drop the charges and not to appease the CCP
The open letter pointed out that on May 28, 2006 news came out that the former head of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 610 Office Li Lanqing, invited by Lee Kuan Yee, would be conferred an honorary doctorate by the National University of Singapore. After that, there occurred a series of incidents in Singapore from an attempt to repatriate Falun Gong practitioners, to the banning of Falun Gong practitioners from holding truth clarification activities, to charging Falun Gong practitioners in court for the third time.
The open letter states that the international community and the media are paying close attention to the CCP's atrocities of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. Many countries in the world support the Falun Gong practitioners' truth clarification activities and condemn the CCP's crimes against humanity. In order to curry favor with the CCP, Singapore is interfering with and hampering the Falun Gong practitioners' efforts against the persecution.
DC Falun Gong practitioners said in the letter, "We hope that the Singapore authorities will abide by the law of the country, respect human rights and freedom of belief, taking seriously morality, justice and conscience, drop the charges against Falun Gong practitioners and no longer curry favor with the CCP."
At noon on July 18, 2006, the temperature in Washington DC exceeded 100 F. Falun Gong practitioners stood in front of the Singapore Embassy despite the sweltering summer heat, holding banners reading, "Singapore, Drop the Charges Against Falun Gong Practitioners," "Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong," and "Calling on the International Community to Thoroughly Investigate the CCP's Forced Labor Camps," as well as display boards exposing the persecution.
Two American government officials proposed to help the Falun Gong practitioners to deliver the letter from the Washington DC Falun Dafa Association to the Singapore Ambassador. They told the practitioners that they have been concerned about the CCP's atrocities of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.
Several Falun Gong practitioners made speeches at the press conference, including American citizens and those who used to study and work in Singapore.
Mr. Xiong, who got a scholarship from the Singapore Ministry of Education and studied at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), said that while he studied in Singapore, only for silently mourning Falun Gong practitioners who had died as a result of the CCP's persecution in China on a New Year's Eve, the Singapore authorities arrested and detained him. They also cancelled his scholarship and visa. The CCP embassy officers claimed at the court that they would extradite all fifteen Falun Gong practitioners back to China. Later due to the media attention and with help from the international community, he came to the United States.
Western Falun Gong practitioner Jeff said, "I want to ask the Singapore government officials whether or not you have read the truth clarification materials Falun Gong practitioners distributed. If so, you will know what they are doing. In order to stop the genocidal crimes, including harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, in order to help people learn about the truth, some Falun Gong practitioners have been even tortured to death."
Falun Gong practitioner Jennis, who was sent to work in Singapore by an American company, said, "Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Huang Chay Hua, who was charged by the Singapore government, is the mother of a young child. She just carried a small banner. Her only request was to stop the persecution. Why can't she be accepted in a free land like Singapore? Where is justice? Where is conscience? Where is the rule by law?"
She continued, "The persecution that has persisted for seven years will end one day. When such brutal crimes of terrorism are happening, what choices has Singapore made? How will you face the future generations?"
Spokesperson for Falun Dafa Information Center Dr. Huang Zuwei said that the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong is doomed to fail. We hope that the Singapore authorities will make the right choice, drop the charges against Falun Gong practitioners and no longer appease the CCP.