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Liu Chengguo, male, 60 years old, the backbone of Falun Gong in Hong Kong, was in charge of the practicing spot in Victoria Park. He often organized Falun Gong members in Hong Kong todistribute flyers and clarify the so-called truth near the Causeway Bay MTR station. Liu felt under the weather in June 2008. And after the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, he thought he would reach “Consummation”, but in vain. Instead, he had a mental state of decadence gradually. He got to know that he suffered from atrophic gastritis after seeing the doctor secretly. But he always believed that Falun Dafa could cure himself, so he refused to go to hospital for treatment. Now Liu Chengguo tries to not make a public appearance, concealing the fact of his illness.

 (Kaiwind, October 26, 2010)

text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/Feature/ofdf/201011/t120971.htm

 

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Liang Dafang is a Falun Gong member in Hong Kong. He suffered from diseases of urinary system and the whole body had been bloated since November 2007. He could not move about and also with intermittent coma. But Liang and his two sisters, who were both Falun Gong members, refused to see a doctor all the time. They only asked their fellow practitioners to send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate karma for Liang, which resulted in the deterioration of diseases. On January 14, 2008, Liang Dafang died of organ failure after invalid rescue.

text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/Feature/ofdf/201011/t120909.htm

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The state Supreme Court has rejected Falun Gong’s challenge to the decision by Chinese American business leaders in San Francisco to exclude the dissident spiritual movement from the annual Chinese New Year parade and street fair.

The court unanimously denied review Wednesday of a lower-court ruling that concluded the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, as sponsor of the events, was entitled to bar anyone who would interfere with its message.

The business group has cited Falun Gong’s opposition to the Chinese government in denying it a place in the parade and a booth at the street fair and flower market for most of this decade. Randy Riddle, a layer for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday the chamber excludes any would-be participant with a political message, regardless of its contents.

In its lawsuit, filed in 2006, Falun Gong acknowledged that its attempt to take part in the parade was foreclosed by a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing sponsors of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston to exclude a group of gay, lesbian and bisexual descendants of Irish immigrants.

But Falun Gong argued that the high court’s reasoning – that a parade is a type of free expression – shouldn’t apply to a commercial event such as the street fair and flower market.

A state appeals court disagreed in June, noting that the street fair includes cultural performances and that the flower market begins with a small parade.

 text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/Reports/World/201011/t120875.htm

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Comrade N is an occasional contributor to Danwei. She works at the offices of a major Western media organization. She wrote this last week:

This morning at 10:00, the telephone in our office rang. i picked it up, and a recorded female voice started talking about the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party”, and encouraging people to quit from the Communist Party. The message referred people to a detailed guide of how to do that online, on the website of The Epoch Times [the propaganda newspaper of Far Loon Gong].

Five minutes later, the phone rang again, still a female voice but live, not recorded. She said she was from Hong Kong, representing the overseas website The Epoch Times. She discussed the same topic as the recording, but more personal, something like, “you must have joined the Chinese
Young Pioneers or Chinese Youth League before, now you can make a statement that you quit on your own …blah blah blah.”

I had to interrupt her, “Do you know whom you are calling?” “Not exactly, but aren’t you a Mainlander?”

Yes, I am a Mainlander, but still, I think they should do some research before they make their calls to identify their target market, if any. Otherwise aren’t they just wasting their resources?

(Danwei.org, April 10,2007)

text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/Reports/China/201011/t120810.htm

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SINGAPORE (AP) – Six Singapore-based followers of the Falun Gong spiritual movement were in court on Wednesday facing charges of holding a protest without a permit in the tightly controlled city-state.

The group, made up of ethnic Chinese women aged from 37 to 55 years, was charged in April last year with taking part in an unauthorized assembly the previous October in the busy Orchard Road shopping area. If convicted, they face a maximum fine of 1,000 Singapore dollars (US$630; euro500).

The court on Wednesday was shown police security footage shot at the scene in which the women were seen carrying banners and distributing flyers in pairs or groups of three as they walked along the main shopping avenue.

The printed material was said to describe the alleged atrocities committed against Falun Gong followers in China, where authorities have outlawed the group and violently suppress it as a cult.

The defendants – who are Pang Su Chin, 55, You Xin, 37, Wang Yuyi, 50, Ang Soh Yan, 47, Ng Chye Huay, 41, and Cheng Lujin, 38 – have denied the charges.

They were representing themselves in the trial because they could not find a lawyer who was willing to defend them, said Wang, one of the defendants and spokeswoman of Singapore’s Falun Buddha Society.

“Worldwide, people go to Chinese embassies to protest, to tell the truth about the persecution of the Falun Gong members in China,” Wang said outside court.” We are Falun Gong practitioners outside China. We are lucky we have access to the international media, and the best thing we can do is to tell the truth.”

Falun Gong is not outlawed in Singapore, but public assemblies require prior permission from police, and authorities have previously arrested members on similar charges. Protests and demonstrations are rare in the Southeast Asian country.

Singapore’s authorities regularly come under fire from international human rights groups for tightly restricting speech and assembly. The authorities say such controls provide the stability that has helped turn the Southeast Asian city-state into a global economic powerhouse.-AP

(Thestar.com, January 31, 2007)

text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/Reports/World/201011/t120656.htm

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On the morning of April 25, 1999, ten thousand plus Falun Gong practitioners surrounded Zhongnanhai, where top Chinese leaders both live and work. Such a protest had not been seen since the student movement in 1989, and immediately made the Falun Gong an instant hit around the world.
 
In an interview with Time in 1999, Li Hongzhi, the soft-spoken 47-year-old creator of Falun Gong, spoke about the joys of levitating and claimed that aliens have been invading humanity since the beginning of this century. Li fended off questions about how hisfollowers are organized and denied that he had anything to do with the “spontaneous” protest in Beijing on April 25. But in August 1999, the Chinese government produced immigration documents to show that he visited Beijing from April 22 to April 24. Li claimed he was simply in transit to Australia
 
A few weeks before the demonstration, *Time* interviewed Li Hongzhi in Manhattan, where he settled after leaving China in 1998. Li believes the ancient Chinese art of qigong (Falun Gong is one variation) can endow practitioners with superhuman powers. But the topic Master Li seemed to be most knowledgeable about was…aliens. Reporter Biema
described the scene:
 
“Suddenly conversation veered to a topic Li has thus far broached to none but his inner circle: aliens on earth…’One type of alien looks like a human but has a nose made of a bone,’ Li confided. ‘Everyone thinks that scientists invent on their own,’ said Li, ‘when in fact their inspiration is manipulated by the aliens…The aliens intend to replace all humans with clones,’ Li added
 
“Master Li knew much more about aliens than any ordinary human being could possibly know. Amazed, the reporter asked him an unusual question: ‘Are you a human being?’ Li replied, ‘You can think of me as a human being.’ Not getting a straight answer, the reporter asked the question from a different angle. ‘Are you from earth?’ Perhaps annoyed by the reporter’s drilling on the subject, Master Li gave an arrogant and defiant answer: ‘I don’t wish to talk about myself at a higher level. People wouldn’t understand it.’
 
In 1996, Li was hinting that he was not just an ordinary human being, but rather a reincarnated deity who has lived many previous lives.

“The things imparted to me by my several masters in this life are exactly what I intentionally arranged a few lifetimes ago for them to obtain. When the predestined occasion arrived, it had already been arranged that they [would] impart those things back to me so that I could recall my fa (Law) in its entirety.”
 
In March, 2002, Li announced that “no being knows who I am. Yet without me, the cosmos wouldn’t exist. ”
 
On February 15, 2003 at a Falun Gong conference near Los Angeles, Master Li started by telling his followers that: “I came from the inside, and came from the outside; I came from nothing, formed into something, appeared at the pinnacle of the colossal firmament, and then from there I descended step by step to the most [lowest] surface, the Three Realms [our world, where humans live]. No being knows who I am.”
 
If you wished to get hold of the official biography of Master Li, you would have great difficulty in doing so. In 2000, all copies of Zhuan Falun printed before 1999 were replaced by a newer version which omitted the biography. The replacement was thorough. It is said that not only were bookstore copies replaced, but practitioners also replaced their old versions with the new ones as well.
 
If you would like to know about Master Li, ask his neighbors at 103 Jiefang Street in Chuangchan, where he lived for many years until he became famous. Neighbors remembered him as a distrusting person with a bad temper. They recalled three cases where Li fought with people, one time even ganging up on a neighbor with his friends. Another complaint from the neighbors was that Li built a wall blocking the hallway that ran past his front door, causing a lot of inconvenience to other.

About World Association of International Studies (WAIS)

Founded in 1965 at Stanford University by Prof. Ronald Hilton (1911-2007), WAIS is a political, economic, and religious forum moderated by John Eipper, Adrian College. Contributing members include scholars, journalists, professors, military professionals and business leaders from around the world.

text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/puop/201011/t120528.htm

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