Chicago: Protesting Singapores Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners (Photo)
(Clearwisdom.net) On December 22, 2010, Falun Gong practitioners gathered in front of the Singaporean Consulate to protest the Singaporean government’s actions against Falun Gong practitioners. Since 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has not only persecuted Falun Gong practitioners in China, but has also extended the persecution overseas using economic and diplomatic means to exert pressure on other countries. In Singapore, many Chinese Falun Gong practitioners face immense difficulties to renew visas or apply for permanent residence or citizenship. Many were forced to go to other countries. Since 2006, the Singaporean government has even canceled the legal residence permits of Chinese Falun Gong practitioners and deported them to China. In 2010, two Chinese Falun Gong practitioners were forced to leave because their valid legal residence permits were canceled. Recently, the Singaporean government has attempted to deport Chinese Falun Gong practitioner Cui Erqin to China, which caught the attention of Falun Gong practitioners around the world.
Mr. Sen Yang, head of the Mid-USA Falun Dafa Association, said, “Since 1999, the Singaporean government and police departments have conducted business following the CCP’s intentions. Now they are attempting to deport a Falun Gong practitioner with a legal residence permit. Everyone knows that more than 3,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured to death in China. We don’t want to see another tragedy.”
Regarding Singapore’s attitude towards Falun Gong practitioners, Mr. Yang said, “I think it is a disgrace to Singapore that such a thing is happening in a country that calls itself democratic. Actually many Singaporean people like Falun Gong very much, and many people practice Falun Gong there. The Singaporean government knows very well what Falun Gong is and what Falun Gong’s principles are. Even Singaporean police officers have said, ‘We have sympathy for you, but we cannot do anything.’ Under pressure from the Singaporean government and its desire to gain favor with the CCP, the police have to do what they don’t want to do. It is a pity. We call on the Singaporean government to stop deporting Falun Gong practitioners to China.”