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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

Row over anti-Falun Gong banners

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 4:59pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 January, 2013, 3:54pm
 

Legislators criticised the government on Wednesday for not taking action over banners put up by an anti-Falun Gong organisation in busy roadside areas.

In recent months the Hong Kong Youth Care Association has put up banners opposing Falun Gong in response to those erected by the spiritual movement, which is banned on the mainland.

At a Legislative Council meeting on Wednesday, People Power’s Chan Chi-chuen said many of the banners were illegal. They had appeared in no-banner zones such as the central dividers of roads and at pedestrian crossings. Chan said the problem was getting worse, with banners spreading to districts in the New Territories.

“The problem is not just confined to Tsui Sha Tsui and Mong Kok and has now spread even to Tai Po. The banners are all over Hong Kong. They are a breach of the law and a nuisance to residents,” he said.

“These banners have even occupied advertising space officially designated to me as a legislator,” Chan said.

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department carried out joint operations with the Lands Department regularly to remove unauthorised publicity material.

Albert Chan Wai-yip, another People Power lawmaker, said the government had been lax in taking action. He demanded that Ko draw up a timetable for removing unauthorised banners put up by the youth association.

Lawmakers from pro-Beijing groups also agreed that the government should step up enforcement against roadside banners – but said the problem was caused by the Falun Gong. They demanded that the government remove banners put up by the spiritual movement.

The English slogans on the youth care association banners have included, “Boycott Falun Gong evil cult; Build a harmonious Hong Kong; Taiwan Falun Gong get out of Hong Kong; Eradicate Falun Gong; Cherish your life, stay away from the evil cult – Falun Gong” and “Anti-Falun Gong”.

They have appeared in Causeway Bay near the Sogo department store, as well as near the Hung Hom train station, the Star Ferry terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Wong Tai Sin Temple, and along Nathan Road as far as Mong Kok.

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jandajel
This goes to show who is really in charge of HK these days. If your point of view agrees with that of the central government/communist party, rules don't apply to you.
mymak
Why can't we just have one area set aside in Hong Kong where people can hang their banners. I am not suggesting that participants in local elections cannot display their banners throughout Hong Kong, but just those who are protesting against other government's policies that actually have little relevance to local people. Failing this can I propose that these non-relevant organizations pay some type of fee for using Hong Kong's public spaces. Pro or anti Falun Gong - I just don't care.
simbie11
Funny how it's only the anti-Falun Gong banners that have caused these legislators to sit up. They're hanging in practically the same exact spot that the old pro-Falun Gong banners + exhibits (the organ harvesting and whipping etc by the evil CCP) used to be. Were those not equally illegal and intruding into their space just as much? If anything, this new wave is taking up less street space.
On a sidenote, after you see these banners for years, they almost blend in with the rest of the streets and traffic. I almost did a double take before I noticed the banners now said "anti Falun Gong" haha
hard times !
Those advocating anti-Falung Gong banners hung on road-dividers and on fences along Nathan Road and in Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, Sogo Department Store in Causeway Bay, at Wong Tai Sin Temple and in Tai Po should all be demolished as soon as possible without any hesitation since it causes danger to drivers on the roads and occupy lots of public places.Don't forget: in Hong Kong, Falun Gong is never considered an evil cult but just a type of religion or a kind of healthy spiritual exercise only.Why we Hongkongers should tolerate these anti-Falun Gong banners ? No way !
blue
It's way more than just healthy spiritual exercise. It is like Scientology. Falun Gong members are encouraged to cut off all ties from their family and friends.
I am reposting this from another website. This was originally posted by Justin Pearson Smith:
"Here is what they believe
*Belief that alien technology is used in computers and can warp people stopping them from taking up the faith. Falun Gong believers are of course protected from alien brainwashing
* Illness is caused by karma and if you use modern medicine it pushes the illnesses into another dimension and it will come back in another form. Only by following their book and doing their meditative exercises can you live an illness free life. If you do get sick that is just small amounts of karma coming to the surface. If you are seriously ill you should not take up the faith because your reason for joining will be to be cured and that is not a genuine reason.
*attachments are evil
*Films and video games featuring demonic themes ie Buffy TVS and Anne Rice novels are evil and warp people
*Anti-Inter-racial marriages
*Anti-homosexuality"
blue
Since everyone is talking about these banners now, I'd say it was an effective campaign. Also the Falun Gong is a cult that encourages its members to cut off all ties with their blood relatives. It's pretty much the eastern version of Scientology.
superdx
These things are everywhere. Go to the ferry pier in TST. It's like you're being attacked by them.

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