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Messages for Hu Jintao

September 24, 2009

By Phil Randell
Epoch Times - Sep 22, 2009

NEW YORK-As ambassadors and heads of state on Tuesday prepared for the next
day's General Assembly meeting at the United Nations, hundreds of protesters
gathered at Dag Hamarskjold Plaza, near the U.N. building. At least a dozen
groups appealed for their causes, but most were protesting the human rights
abuses of the Chinese Communist regime.

In attendance at the U.N. meeting is Hu Jintao, the head of the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP) and Chinese military, during one of his rare visits to
the United States. Hu met with President Obama on the sidelines on Tuesday
during a meeting regarding climate change.

The largest group in attendance were practitioners of Falun Gong, a
spiritual practice that the CCP has been persecuting in China and abroad
since July 1999. Several Falun Gong practitioners who have family members
imprisoned in China spoke, including Ms. Weidi Wang, a 20-year-old fashion
design student.

Wang spoke of her mother Shao Jie Qiu, 46, a middle school history teacher
who was taken forcibly from her home in China last March by the Chinese
authorities simply for practicing Falun Gong. First she endured a
brainwashing center, and when she did not recant her beliefs, she was sent
to the Shandong Province Female Prison, located in Jinan City, and the
prison is known for its brutal methods.

Members of Tibet Coalition of NY and New Jersey protest near the United
Nations on September 22, calling for Hu Jintao, the head of the Chinese
Communist Party, to end all violence against the people of Tibet. (Aloysio
Santos/The Epoch Times) "I'm standing here not just for my mother, but also
for all the practitioners in the mainland, appealing to members of the
international community who can save them and help stop the persecution."

During an interview, Wang said she began practicing Falun Gong when she was
eight years old, along with her mother. The practice, based on the
principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance, consists of study of
spiritual principles and five gentle qigong exercises. Wang said that she
does not remember being sick since she was a small child.

Also speaking on behalf of a relative was Shuangying Zhang, a U.S. citizen
and resident of New York City, whose 68-year-old father, Xingwu Zhang, was
put on trial March 31 and sentenced to seven years in prison. Through a
translator, Zhang said her father had been "kidnapped at midnight" and since
his arrest, he has not been allowed to "see the light of day."

Wang and Zhang can hope to be reunited with their family members, but many
other relatives of Falun Gong practitioners will not be able to see their
loved ones. For instance, according to speaker Gail Rachlin, of the Falun
Dafa Information Center, earlier this month Wang Huilan, a 53-year-old woman
from Northeast China was dragged from her home by police, and six days
later, she was dead.

The organizer of the Falun Gong group was Ms. Rong Yi, who is the vice
president of the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist
Party in Flushing, New York. Many of the speakers encouraged Chinese people
to renounce their affiliations, past and present, with the CCP.

Mr. Zhiyuan Yang, spokesperson from the World Organization to Investigate
the Persecution Falun Gong (WOIPFG) spoke of the "100 million unnatural
deaths" caused by the CCP since its inception and said that "No matter how
long it takes, we will investigate to the very end and help the victims send
the criminals to trial."

Also attending the rally in large numbers was the Tibet Coalition of NY and
New Jersey (TCNYNJ). As one approached the plaza from blocks away, one could
hear the group chant "Stop Lying to the World ... Stop Killing in Tibet ...
Wake-up, Wake-up United Nations," and other phrases.

Throughout their participation, the TCNYNJ focused much more on the violence
inflicted on Tibet's people since the CCP invaded Tibet in 1949 rather than
independence for Tibet. One of the Tibetan speakers was poet and activist
Tenzin Tsundue who encouraged all those who opposed the human rights abuses
to "never give in" and to persevere.

Tsundue spoke on behalf of all Tibetan Buddhists and Falun Gong
practitioners who were being persecuted for their beliefs, referring to both
as "genuine" paths.

Fleeing persecution by the CCP, Tsundue's parents left Tibet in 1960 and
found refuge in India. After he graduated from college in 1997, Tsundue's
tried to cross the border into Tibet "to see the real situation," he said
during an interview. Unfortunately, Tsundue did find out, but in a
devastating way.

While trying to cross, he was arrested by the Chinese authorities. "It was
my belief that I was going back to my country." Tsundue said that for three
months, he was beaten and deprived of sleep. Fortunately, the government of
India was monitoring the situation and made sure he was returned after three
months, which was the maximum he could be detained under an agreement
between the two countries about border crossing, according to the activist

When asked what he would say to Hu Jintao, Tsundue responded that he would
not say anything. "He knows what he is doing-he knows the injustices he is
doing," stated Tsundue.

Fashion student Weidi Wang's answer to the same question was, "Let my mother
go home, let my family be together, and stop the persecution of Falun Gong."

Some of the other groups in attendance at the rally included The League of
Chinese Victims, The Chinese Democratic Party, The Federation for a
Democratic Party and China Democracy Journal.
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