Washington, DC: Visiting Chinese Minister of Information Industry Wang Xudong Served for His Role in Persecution of Falun Gong in China
(Clearwisdom.net) On the morning of May 25, Wang Xudong, the Chinese Minister of Information Industry and former Hebei Provincial Party Committee Secretary, was served with a complaint for his role in the persecution of Falun Gong in China at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Arlington, Virginia near Washington DC. Wang is a member of the Chinese trade delegation led by Vice Prime Minister Wu Yi.
According to an eyewitness, at about 8a.m., many members of the Chinese delegation gathered in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, waiting for transportation. Among them, one large man was surrounded by several people who appeared to be bodyguards and US secret police. Someone approached them and called out "Wang Xudong." Hearing this, the man turned his head to see who called. The person approaching put an envelope in front of the body shield formed by the secret police, saying that the envelope contained legal documents regarding a lawsuit against Wang. After the person left, a secret policeman picked up the envelope and handed it to Wang Xudong. Wang didn't dare to accept it and pushed it back to the secret police. The policeman once again handed the envelope to Wang.
At the entrance of the hotel, Wang was handed another complaint envelope. According to the eyewitness, Wang appeared to be upset and frightened.
According to the database of Clearwisdom.net, Falun Gong practitioners have been persecuted most severely in five Chinese provinces. More than half of the cases in which practitioners died while being persecuted happened in these five provinces. Hebei Province is one of them, and Wang was the Hebei Provincial Party Committee Secretary, overseeing the persecution in the province.
Dr. Terri Marsh, executive director of the Washington-based Human Rights Law Foundation, told a Clearwisdom reporter that Wang is one of the top Chinese Communist officials who should take major responsibility for the persecution.
According to the World Organization to Investigation of the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), during Wang's tenure as Hebei Province Party Committee Secretary (essentially the top official in the Province) from 2000 to 2002, Wang diligently carried out the persecution spearheaded by Jiang Zemin (former head of the Chinese Communist Party-CCP), turning Hebei Province into one of the provinces which persecuted Falun Gong most brutally. After he took the post of Minister of Information Industry, Wang continued to actively promote the CCP's persecution by monitoring communications, following targets and controlling the internet, which lead to the arrest of many practitioners. He also oversees implementation of the information blockade in the whole country, and covers up facts of the persecution.
When Wang visited Chicago three years ago, according to Attorney Marsh, he tried hard to avoid being recognized. After a lawsuit against him was filed by local practitioners, Wang immediately returned to Washington DC, hiding in the Chinese Embassy.
Marsh said: "Today, we successfully served him with the complaint. In the past, we have tried various methods to deliver it to Wang, perfecting the service on the lawsuit we have filed against him in Chicago."
Dr. Marsh continued: "I know that these top communist officials who have been actively involved in the persecution do not want to be sued in the US as they do not want to be held accountable for their crimes. They know that the US is a country governed by the rule of law, that its judicial system is independent of the administrative branch. For this very reason, they try their best to dodge lawsuits. Facing these lawsuits, they are very anxious and frightened because they know that they have committed crimes. Nevertheless, sooner or later, they will be brought to justice."
Dr. Marsh called upon Wang to respond to the lawsuit. "Since you have been sued, why don't you appear in court to respond to the charges against you and let the public see the truth?"
Regarding Chinese officials who continue to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, Dr. Marsh said: "Wake up! Justice will soon prevail and soon perpetrators of the persecution will be held accountable. I am not talking about justice in the spiritual realm. I am talking about justice in this world. My suggestion is that you should stop persecuting Falun Gong and choose to do good things from now on."