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Taiwan Falun Gong Practitioners Call for End of Persecution During Shanghai Mayor's Visit (Photos)

April 09, 2010 |   By a Taiwanese Falun Dafa practitioner

(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan called for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to stop the persecution of Falun Gong on April 7, 2010, by holding anti-persecution themed banners along the road to the National Palace Museum, where Han Zheng, the mayor of Shanghai, was to pass. According to Chang Ching-hsi, director of the Taiwan Falun Gong Research Society, Shanghai, the largest and most developed city in China, has also been one of the most notorious for persecuting Falun Gong. Some Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan have personally experienced persecution in Shanghai. Chang hopes Mayor Han Zheng will realize through this trip that those who commit crimes against Falun Gong practitioners will be brought to justice.

Falun Gong practitioners hold banners calling for the end of persecution on Han Zheng's route to the National Palace Museum

According reports published on the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net), hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners have been imprisoned and tortured in the First and Third Forced Labor Camps of Shanghai since the persecution was launched in 1999, including Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners. Mr. Lin Xiaokai was deceived into going to Shanghai and was imprisoned there. Ms. Li Yaohua and her daughter Ms. Zhang Yibo were sentenced to three and one-half years with eighteen months in prison just for distributing brochures. Li's father and son are citizens of the People's Republic of China. They held two press conferences calling for the release of Li and her daughter.

Ms. Fu Chengyao said she married a Taiwanese in 1992 and became a permanent resident of Taiwan in 1998. It is legal to practice Falun Gong in Taiwan, and the police protect this right. But things are different in the China. American permanent resident Mei Xuan's husband was secretively arrested after he obtained his boarding pass for a flight to the U.S., just because he practiced Falun Gong. Ms. Fu hoped that Han Zheng would hear Falun Gong practitioners' voices during his visit to Taiwan.

During the media interview of Mayor Han Zheng, a reporter asked Han if he had seen the big group of Falun Gong practitioners holding banners at the crossing. Han immediately ended the interview, stepped back, turned around and left. He didn't respond to the question.

When Han left the National Palace Museum, Falun Gong practitioners were still holding up the banner at the crossing and peacefully calling for an end to the persecution.