More than 800 Falun Gong practitioners have been denied entry to Hong Kong in recent days, having traveled there for demonstrations over the ten-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China.
Hong Kong’s immigration authorities have blocked over 140 Taiwanese practitioners of Falun Gong from entering the region in the days leading up to a scheduled annual protest, the Falun Dafa Information Center has learned.
Soon after Chinese leader Jiang Zemin initiated the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, incidents appeared of Chinese officials threatening, harassing and assaulting Falun Gong practitioners, as well as pressuring foreign officials, businesses, and free media around the world to adopt Jiang’s stance against Falun Gong.
60,000 people marching through the streets, as a chorus of "We Shall Overcome" filled the air -- it was not your typical day in Hong Kong.
The defense counsel in the Hong Kong case charging peaceful Falun Gong demonstrators with obstructing the sidewalk cited "over policing" and "unprofessional" behavior among the Hong Kong police during violent arrests last March.