Taiwan: CCP's Influence Seen in Hong Kong's Decision to Deny Entry to Falun Gong Practitioners
(Clearwisdom.net) Taiwan's Central Broadcasting System (CBS) reported on June 27, 2007 that human rights lawyer Theresa Chu and several members of the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association held a press conference on June 27 to expose the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) influence in the Hong Kong government's decision to deny Taiwanese practitioners entry into Hong Kong without giving any reason. Moreover, the Hong Kong government forcibly deported them back to Taiwan. The consequence of such actions on the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China is to underscore how Hong Kong's protection of human rights has sharply regressed.
Human rights lawyer Theresa Chu stated that the CCP has extended its influence into the Hong Kong government. She had not encountered any problems coming and leaving Hong Kong before, but this time she was unexpectedly denied entry by the Hong Kong government on June 24 when she explained that she is a Falun Gong practitioner and wanted to enter Hong Kong to observe the people's viewpoints on the policy of "One Country, Two Systems." The government not only denied her legal representation, but also forcibly deported her back to Taiwan.
Theresa Chu said, "I've been on the CCP's blacklist, and I did not suspect that such a terrible thing would take place in Hong Kong. They violently deported me, wrapped me up in an anti-riot blanket, put me in a wheelchair and pushed me all the way to the boarding gate."
Ms. Chu also said that besides her, twelve other Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners who went to Hong Kong were also detained for ten hours at the Hong Kong Immigration Department without any reason, and then were denied entry.
Theresa Chu and the Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners who were mistreated believe that the CCP has extended its dark influence into the Hong Kong government in order to persecute Falun Gong. It has broken its commitment to "One Country, Two Systems," and shaken Hong Kong's judicial independence. The result not only damages Hong Kong's international image, but indicates a large step backward on human rights protection on this, the tenth anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty.