The Chinese government continues to block and threaten foreign journalists despite repeated promises to lift media freedom restrictions ahead of the Olympic Games, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.
According to the Epoch Times, on May 17, 2008, mobs of two or three hundred Chinese people waving Communist China flags were organized to create public disorder in Flushing, New York, where local Falun Gong practitioners were holding a rally to support the withdrawal of 36 million people from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The rally had been scheduled one month before when the organizers submitted an application to the police. The gathering began with a request for a moment of silence to mourn the deaths of the earthquake victims in Sichuan. Instead of respectful silence, however, the request was met with yelling and shouting from the mob on the other side of the street. The mobs on that day engaged in both verbal abuse and physical assault against Falun Gong practitioners. Over the next several days, those pro-communist crowds showed up at the local public library and continued to cause trouble around the Service Center for Quitting the CCP, a booth that had been in operation for four years by Falun Gong practitioners to help people withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party. Even to this day, despite a significant reduction in the number of agitators, the harassment persists.
On December 29, a rally and a parade were held in Chicago's Chinatown to support 30 million withdrawals from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. Though it was very cold in the windy city, the rally drew the attention of many passersby, including several people who quit the CCP during the rally.
With next year's Olympic Games in Beijing just around the corner, the world must keep up the pressure on China over its human rights record, a hearing of the European Parliament's Human Rights Subcommittee attended by over 200 people was told on Monday. Several NGOs, including a Chinese dissident speaking live via internet telephone conference, described the widespread human rights violations still being perpetrated by the authorities.
As Beijing prepares for the 2008 summer Olympic Games the EU must keep up the pressure on China on human rights. That's the message that emerged from events organised by the European Parliament in November about human rights in China ahead of the Olympics and the situation in Tibet.