To Hong Kong Government Officials: Please Restore the People's Confidence in Hong Kong and Let them See their Future
August 6, 2002
Greetings to Respected Hong Kong Government Officials!
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow working in the U.S.A, conducting research in pathology. I am also a Falun Gong practitioner. I sincerely hope I can get your help.
Since my childhood, I was educated under the Chinese communist system. When I was a college student, I had a chance to meet with a group of students visiting from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I got a clear sense of the Hong Kong students' ideas about modern democracy and freedom. Their understanding of and thinking about the essence of Chinese traditional culture were more profound and deeper than what we experienced. I was very impressed and still have a vivid memory of that meeting. Thus, I, of course, want Hong Kong, the land that has combined western democracy and freedom with Chinese tradition, to become more prosperous.
Hong Kong's journey, though, after her five-year return to China, has disappointed me. I pay close attention to the news from Hong Kong, the direction into which its governor moves, the voices of the citizens and the trend of the economy. Hong Kong is declining. The agreement "One country, two systems" has so quickly become a "decoration," and cannot help but make people feel indignant over Jiang's government clique, indignant over the power and political trickery forced on Hong Kong, and the lack of any credibility. I think the people in Hong Kong have much more experience about that.
A few incidents happened recently, one right after the other that tested whether or not the Hong Kong judicial system can maintain its independence and judicial tradition. Two such cases in point are establishing an "anti-subversion law," and the Hong Kong police's charge against 16 Falun Gong practitioners for "blocking" streets and "attacking" police during a peaceful demonstration. The facts of this lawsuit have been extensively reported in great detail and all manner from overseas, including related photos and video. The world press has taken up this incident with great interest. If one looks merely at the facts, and from a legal point of view, it is quite clear that those Falun Gong practitioners are innocent, but because it is related to Falun Gong and because of the persecution of Falun Gong by Jiang Zemin's Regime in Mainland China, this trial was purely political from the beginning.
The pressure from communist China and the resistance to that pressure from Hong Kong's self-governing, judicial system becomes a touchstone that has drawn the world's attention, speculating which way Hong Kong will go. Falun Gong is a legal organization in Hong Kong. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of belief are the foundations for establishing and maintaining continuous development of Hong Kong's democratic society. A legal and peaceful demonstration is harshly treated. The arrests and baseless charges that put blame on the victims is the trick that communist China has used for many years, but is now "splendidly" performed in Hong Kong. As the trial goes on, it becomes a focus of all overseas Chinese people, British people, people from Taiwan and from governments and law societies of other countries who are considering whether the Hong Kong Court can maintain its judicial independence, fairness and dignity, and not be controlled by the forceful political power.
Jiang's regime has persecuted Falun Gong for over three years. Not only has it not been successful, but it has also put itself in an extremely negative situation. Voices of international condemnations come one after another. Falun Gong has spread to over 50 countries and regions in the world, and is recognized and welcomed at each place. Jiang regime's so-called "criminal evidence" they use to charge Falun Gong cannot be found in any other country of the world, only in China. Isn't this the most powerful evidence of their false charges and deceit?
Aside from other remote countries, just in Taiwan alone, Falun Gong practitioners number over 100,000, and Falun Gong has gained great support from Taiwan's government. Overseas Falun Gong practitioners' tireless, peaceful efforts for the right and freedom of belief for those in China have won wide sympathy and support from international societies. Evidence of persecution, torture and murder by Jiang and his accomplices have stirred worldwide indignation in all people and governments with a sense of kindness and justice.
Faced with this kind of situation, how will Hong Kong make its choice? Will it follow the shaky tyranny or follow the trend of world democracy and civilization, and stand with Hong Kong's tradition and future? What Falun Gong has shown to the world and the support it has won stems from not giving in to a forceful political power. Will Hong Kong's judicial system do the same?
As Hong Kong government officials, you represent the majority of the citizenry of Hong Kong. Many Falun Gong practitioners are ordinary citizens. Thus I sincerely hope you will be responsible to their voices and hopes, do your best to help this matter to be resolved fairly and according to law, which will then enable people to see the hope of Hong Kong's future and restore their confidence in Hong Kong. This is also the united hope of overseas Chinese.
Thank you for your time.