Sect holds rally at Victoria Park

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 April, 2009, 12:00am

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners yesterday rallied in Victoria Park and marched to the central government's liaison office to mark the 10th anniversary of the sect's protest, and subsequent crackdown, in Beijing.

In contrast with the silence on the mainland, where the group has been outlawed, people openly voiced their opposition to the Communist Party.

Practitioners in yellow T-shirts bearing the words 'truthfulness, compassion, forbearance' gathered in the park despite the rain. They hung banners saying 'completely dissolve the Chinese Communist Party' and '50 million heroes withdrew from the party' while three bands played music.

The group's Hong Kong spokesman, Kan Hung-cheung, said 700 to 800 people attended the rally. Only a few uniformed policemen attended. 'We are here not only to mark the peaceful demonstration in Beijing 10 years ago, but also to tell the world of the historic truth,' Mr Kan said at the rally.

Szeto Wah, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, in a pre-recorded video said: 'Since 10 years ago, mainland Falun Gong practitioners have been continuously persecuted ... I think such acts by the Chinese Communist Party will only lead to more and more opposition.'

In Taipei, nearly 1,000 Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners rallied in Freedom Square demanding that Beijing stop persecuting the sect.