"This is yet another installment in a deeply disturbing pattern: wherever China's communist rulers travel, we see arbitrary arrests, even violence, and the stifling of free speech," said Information Center spokesperson Ms. Gail Rachlin Saturday. "It's bad enough that China's regime shows an utter disregard for rule of law in its own nation. But to see them coercing others into similarly shameful displaysï¿½"this is utterly disgraceful."
Local law in other democratic countries has fallen prey to Chinese communist machinations in recent years. In Argentina in December of 2005, local Falun Gong demonstrators were physically assaulted by Chinese agentsï¿½"still wearing delegation ID tagsï¿½"in conjunction with a diplomatic exchange. (news) In South Africa in June of 2004, suspected hired thugs opened fire on and severely wounded would-be Falun Gong protestors during a visit by high-ranking Chinese official Zeng Qinghong. (news) In January of 2004, 11 American and European Falun Gong members were arrested for exercising their constitutional rights of protest during a visit by Hu Jintao to the French capital. (news) In June 2002, dozens of Falun Gong members from around the world were detained in Iceland during a visit by Jiang on orders, as with the above, from communist Chinese officials. (news)
The Information Center is calling for the immediate release of the seven Russian detainees and reminds Russian officials of the long-term consequences of abusing the law to curry favor with China's communist rulers.
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NEWS - Mar. 24, 2007 Falun Dafa Information Center, www.faluninfo.net