Germany: Falun Dafa Practitioners Hold News Conference Regarding the Lawsuit Against German Police's Complying With Jiang's Unreasonable Demands During His State Visit (Photos)
During Jiang's state visit to Germany in 2002, Falun Gong practitioners' constitutional rights were infringed upon by German federal agents and the Berlin police. Recently, Falun Gong practitioners from different countries are planning to file lawsuits against the German federal police's actions to the administrative courts in Berlin and other areas. The goal of the lawsuits is to establish facts of human rights transgressions against Falun Gong practitioners during Jiang's state visit in Germany in April 2002, so as to prevent such acts in the future.
This is the third time that Jiang has been brought to court in Europe. The two previous lawsuits were because he was afraid of seeing protestors and infringed upon people's rights through local police, which drew indignation from the local people, media and government officials. The lawsuit in 1995 with Amnesty International as the plaintiff and the lawsuit in 1999 which involved several organizations both ended with rulings in favor of the plaintiffs. The United Kingdom police apologized publicly to the plaintiffs. The Bavaria Administrative Court in Germany pointed out in their judgment, "No political or economical interests shall be above the constitution."
Regarding demands made by Jiang during his state visit in Germany last year, on the evening of April 12, 2002, German state TV station --Channel One (ARD) ran a special report entitled, "Wild Arrogance: Jiang Zemin's Dictatorship On the Soil of Germany." The report said, "Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who is the guest of Germany this week, is an odd character. He is irritated whenever he sees the color yellow. Yellow is the signature color of Falun Gong practitioners' shirts. He is irritated because this Communist party member is unable to put up with any opposing views. The more he wants to avoid it, the more he is unable to avoid it. Even though this is Germany, the Chinese authorities are sparing no effort to make sure that their president does not see the things that irritate him. Our Beijing correspondent Stefan Nieman has been used to this for a long time, but this is happening in Germany."