Polish MEP Decries Violence against Falun Gong Practitioner in Letter to Chinese Ambassador
On June 7, 2008, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Qian was delivering Epoch Times newspapers in Poland when she was physically and verbally assaulted by a woman who, locals say, has ties to the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw. In response to the CCP's continuing pattern of exporting the persecution of Falun Gong all over the world, Polish Member of European Parliament Hanna Foltyn - Kubicka sent the following letter to the Chinese Ambassador.
Brussels, 11th of June 2008
His Excellency Song Zhe
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Head of the Mission of the People's Republic of China
to the European Communities
Boulevard de la Woluwe 100 1200 Brussels
I was shocked to learn that on June 7 in Warsaw, a Chinese Falun Gong practitioner, Ms. Zhang Qian, was physically attacked and threaten to death by a woman who, according to the local Chinese community, is known to work for the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw. This incident directly follows a pattern of recent attacks in New York where mobs organized by the Chinese consulate have been assaulting innocent Falun Gong practitioners and people distributing The Epoch Times newspaper.
I strongly condemn any attacks against Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party, particularly those taking place in democratic countries such as the United States or Poland. The Chinese government cannot export its human right violations against Falun Gong practitioners. This will not be tolerated.
What is worse, official Chinese state media is using the attacks to further spread propaganda defaming Falun Gong claiming that practitioners are interfering with earthquake relief efforts - a farcical allegation.
Meanwhile, the persecution against practitioners inside China is intensifying as the Olympics approaches including massive arrests throughout the country and rising numbers of deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in prisons.
As a Member of the European Parliament from Poland, where I grew up under communism, I can understand well the suffering good people in China have had to endure. I have nothing but the deepest respect for the people of China and I sincerely wish for them a future of freedom without the communist party.
I urge you to convey my requests to your government: stop these violent attacks and stop the persecution of Falun Gong which has brought suffering to millions of people. I shall further call upon the EU to investigate the attack in Poland and to see that those responsible are brought to justice.
Hanna Foltyn - Kubicka
Member of the European Parliament
Category: Opinion & Perspective