FOUR Chinese-Australian followers of the banned Falun Gong movement were expelled to the SAR yesterday after being detained in Guangzhou this week. Detained mainland followers were being beaten up in custody centres, the four deportees said yesterday. They were among 51 foreign passport-holders and mainlanders arrested in two raids on Falun Gong gatherings in Guangzhou this week by public security officials. One Chinese-American was sent back to the United States while a Swedish exchange student was sent back to school in northeastern China. 'We get our freedom because we are foreigners, but other practitioners are still detained. We have no idea what is happening to them,' said Jiang Xili, who has lived in Australia since 1987. Ms Jiang and another practitioner, Jiang Huijie, travelled to the southern city from Beijing, intending to have a press conference there after learning that holding one in the capital would be impossible. 'We want to let the whole world know a lot of the practitioners are suffering. They were detained and beaten up,' Ms Jiang Xili said. Two other Chinese-Australians, Gao Yuan and Yang Zhen, were escorted to the Lowu border from a detention centre where they had staged a hunger strike for more than 24 hours. They said they were dragged by the hair when woken up by police at midnight during a raid on Thursday. They had arrived from Sydney the day before. The four said they had prepared psychologically for the arrests. They had returned to the mainland hoping to persuade Beijing to lift the ban on the movement. Some of the deportees will head to Seattle, where hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners plan to launch an appeal for international support for mainland followers. Leaders from at least 134 countries will gather in the US city for World Trade Organisation talks next week. 'We want to have a dialogue with the Chinese Government . . . to have it truly understand the Falun Gong is only a spiritual practice,' a group spokesman said.