Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) infiltrated Hong Kong and imposed the national security law, practitioners of Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong, have been repressed, censored, fined, and even arrested for telling the truth about the persecution they suffered in China.
For example, Ms. Dong, a Hong Kong citizen, on May 28, 2022, placed a Falun Dafa flag and a poster telling the facts about the genocide in China on a trolley at the Tung Chung bus terminal. She was immediately sued by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) for “displaying posters without a permit,” according to Visión Times.
Ms. Dong appeared in the Eastern Magistrate’s Court without a lawyer and witnesses. The prosecutor’s office called two FEHD staff members and the accused practitioner to testify. She commented that on May 28, she was at a bus stop at 11 a.m. to clarify the truth and distribute cards and small lotus flowers with the words: “Falun Dafa is good,” and “Truth-Benevolence-Tolerance is good.” She handed them out to passers-by, wishing them a safe life under the pandemic. After more than an hour, she planned to leave and asked a friend to help her gather everything, but FEHD officers unexpectedly arrived and confiscated the informational materials.
When the magistrate asked Ms. Dong why she had made such a display at the site, Ms. Dong replied that she had been a Falun Dafa practitioner since 1997 and that Jiang Zemin, the former president of China and former leader of the CCP, had been persecuting Falun Dafa since 1999. She also said that the campaign of persecution and repression against Falun Dafa is illegal and spoke about the Chinese regime’s ongoing crime of forced organ harvesting from living Falun Dafa practitioners.
She added that her family was also persecuted. Her parents, also practitioners, were arrested and died. For this reason, she stated that she could speak out and clarify the truth in the hope that society would help stop this genocide in China.
Following Ms. Dong’s statement, the magistrate, Wen Shaoming of the Eastern District Court, ruled that the practitioner did not commit a crime by displaying her posters. The magistrate noted that it is difficult to prove that the defendant “habitually” and “regularly” displays information at that location under Article 104A of “Public Health and Municipal Regulations,” which prohibits unauthorized posters. The judicial officer also expressed that it does not constitute a crime, and her objects were not confiscated. For this reason, the practitioner was declared innocent.
However, on May 27 and 28, 2022, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the Land Department, the Police, and other departments confiscated all Falun Dafa practitioners’ materials on public roads.
As a result, seven Falun Dafa practitioners received fines from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Administration, with Ms. Dong’s case being the first to be brought before a Hong Kong court.
Many Hong Kong citizens are Falun Dafa practitioners. For years, like Ms. Dong, they have been trying to shed light on the terrible events to which Falun Dafa practitioners are subjected in China and to show the beauty of the discipline amid so much defamation by the CCP.
Practitioners in Hong Kong freely displayed posters and banners that read, “Heaven will disintegrate the CCP,” “Stop persecution of Falun Dafa,” and “Falun Dafa is good.”
But due to the enforcement of the national security law, practitioners’ activities have been hampered.
For example, on July 1, 2020, four practitioners were arrested for distributing leaflets, magazines, and newspapers, according to Minghui.com.
Anjua, one of the practitioners, recounted that she was detained and threatened by a senior police officer at the North Point police station when she refused to put on prison clothes and sign any statement.
“[I” ll] send you back to the mainland for live organ harvesting,” said the policeman coldly to Anjua.
She answered him with tears in her eyes: “How many have you sent back to the mainland for organ harvesting?” Ajuan asked with tears in her eyes. “How many times have you participated in doing this? If you have done it, just admit it. Take off your face mask, I will recognize you. I will tell the whole world that all of you have done such horrible things. Do all of you agree with him about organ harvesting, such an evil thing?”
Anjua believes that if the Hong Kong police send Falun Dafa practitioners to mainland China, it possibly maintains their forced organ harvesting business. How many young people were sent to China for organ harvesting during the Hong Kong protests? She wondered how many times North Point police sent protesters to China to be killed for their organs.
The next day the four practitioners were released, but they were due to return to the police station soon.
Persecution of Falun Dafa
Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong, is a millenary Chinese spiritual discipline of the Buddha School, centered on Truth, Benevolence, and Tolerance, consisting of five qigong exercises. Currently, it suffers from a campaign of persecution launched by the former president of China, Jiang Zemin, in 1999, which includes defaming practitioners, ruining them economically, and finally eliminating them. Since then, practitioners in China have been incarcerated in prisons, forced labor centers, torture centers, and brainwashing centers, among other violent forms of repression.
Forced Organ Harvesting
An independent investigation by David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, and David Kilgour, a former Canadian parliamentary official for the Asia Pacific, revealed that the CCP harvests organs from living Falun Dafa practitioners for profit. The authors produced a report concluding that the allegations were true. The report “Bloody Harvest” exposes the Chinese regime performing between 60,000 and 100,000 transplants per year.