January 25, 2002 |
A Canadian follower of Falun Gong was expelled from China on Thursday after being detained for protesting in Tiananmen Square against the Communist country's ban on the spiritual group, a Canadian diplomat said. Connie Chipkar, 61, left aboard a British Airways flight for London, said Charles Reeves, a spokesman for the Canadian Embassy. Chipkar, a former teacher from Welland, Ontario, was detained Wednesday after she sang and held out her arms in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
January 3, 2002 |
A member of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement detained in central China has died after a hunger strike, a hospital administrator said. Wan Guifu, 57, died Dec. 18 at the hospital of the Dashaping labor camp in the city of Lanzhou, the administrator said by telephone. He gave only his surname, Zhang. Wan was detained in March for distributing Falun Gong materials in Lanzhou, group supporters abroad said in a statement. He stopped eating Oct.
November 22, 2001 |
China swiftly expelled six Americans and more than two dozen other Westerners who protested in the heart of Beijing against the government's repression of the Falun Gong spiritual movement. By Wednesday evening--little more than 24 hours after they chanted, sat cross-legged and unveiled a banner in Tiananmen Square--all 35 protesters had been forced to leave the country, China's official New China News Agency said.
November 21, 2001 |
Thirty-five Westerners protesting China's brutal crackdown on the Falun Gong spiritual movement were seized by police after chanting slogans and unfurling a banner in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. State media said the 35 protesters from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain and the U.S. would be expelled. The men and women, most in their 20s and 30s, initially looked like tourists.
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August 29, 2001 |
The protesters were so quiet and peaceful, it was hard to believe that they were actually demonstrating. About 50 local members of the Falun Gong spiritual group, the target of a crackdown by the Chinese government, gathered Tuesday outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, where China's ambassador to the United States was appearing.
August 20, 2001 |
Five Falun Gong members were sentenced to as many as 13 years in prison for arranging gatherings of the banned spiritual group in Beijing, a state newspaper said. The report in the Beijing Daily came two days after four people were sentenced to prison on charges of organizing a Jan. 23 attempt by Falun Gong members to publicly burn themselves to death. Authorities banned the group in 1999.
August 18, 2001 |
Four members of the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual group who allegedly incited other adherents to immolate themselves were sentenced to lengthy prison terms Friday, Chinese state media reported. The four were convicted by a Beijing court of "organizing, masterminding, instigating and assisting" five Falun Gong practitioners who set themselves afire in Tiananmen Square in January to protest the Communist regime's ban on their faith.
July 4, 2001 |
More than a dozen adherents of the outlawed Falun Gong meditation movement apparently died last month in a Chinese labor camp in what the government says was a mass suicide but the group's representatives allege was the result of brutal mistreatment. A government official in northeastern Heilongjiang province said that 14 Falun Gong followers hanged themselves June 20 in the Wanjia labor camp, the Associated Press reported today.
June 22, 2001 |
Police beat to death a handicapped follower of the banned Falun Gong meditation sect, the group said Thursday. Zhang Shengfan died three days after being dragged from his home in Shuangcheng, a city in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, the group said in a statement sent to American reporters. Zhang, a 38-year-old laid-off factory worker, walked with a cane.
May 11, 2001 |
By the time the high-profile Fortune Global Forum conference of business leaders closed Thursday, it was clear the territory had escaped the unruly protests that dogged similar world trade meetings in Seattle, Prague, Melbourne and Quebec City.