Falun Gong Practitioners in Norway and Melbourne Protest CCP’s Denial of Travel to Wang Zhiwen

August 20, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents in Norway and Melbourne

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Oslo held a peaceful protest in front of the Chinese Embassy to Norway on August 13, 2016, calling for the Chinese Communist Party’s regime to allow Falun Gong practitioner Wang Zhiwen to travel out of the country. On August 16, Falun Gong practitioners in Melbourne, Australia, held a protest in front of the Chinese Consulate for the same reason.

Mr. Wang Zhiwen, a well-known former coordinator of the Falun Dafa Association, was denied travel abroad to visit his daughter in the United States. The practitioners called for the government to reissue Wang’s passport and allow him to travel abroad.

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In front of the Chinese Embassy in Norway, Falun Gong practitioners protest China’s invalidating Wang Zhiwen’s passport.

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Falun Gong practitioners in Melbourne, Australia, protest in front of the Chinese Consulate, calling for the CCP to free Wang Zhiwen.

When the communist regime began its persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, Wang was one of the first to be arrested. He was subsequently imprisoned for 15 years and brutally tortured. In prison, all of his teeth were broken, his nails were pierced with toothpicks, and he was restrained with 50-pound shackles in solitary confinement.

Wang has been under house arrest and constant surveillance since he was released from prison in 2014. His daughter Danielle Wang, a U.S. citizen, and son-in-law Jeff Nanarella went to Beijing recently in an attempt to bring him to the U.S. However, border agents in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, told him his passport had been revoked and refused to allow him to leave the country.

Mr. Fan Huiqiang, spokesperson for the Australian Falun Dafa Association in Victoria, strongly condemned the CCP for refusing to allow Wang to travel. He said, “We urge CCP officials at all levels, including Chinese Consulate employees, to see the current situation clearly. The persecution of Falun Gong was dictated by Jiang Zambian, but now he is facing imminent arrest. If you choose to follow him, you will go down with him.”

Falun Gong practitioners all over the world are protesting, calling for the Chinese government to issue Mr. Wang a passport and allow him to join his daughter in the U.S.

Related article in Chinese:
挪威法轮功学员中使馆前声援王治文(图)

Chinese version available

Category: Rallies & Protests

Norwegian Students Learn about Falun Gong on Australian Tour

April 10, 2016

(Minghui.org) A group of Norwegian students from Solborg Folk High School in southwestern Norway added learning about Falun Gong to their travel itinerary on a recent trip to Australia.

The 16 students and two teachers with interests in the film and television industry originally reached out to a local filmmaker, who is a practitioner of Falun Gong and a Norwegian expatriate living in Sydney. The practitioner helped the group arrange some activities of interest.

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A Lesson in Censorship

The first stop was a trip to the Australian Cinematographers Society, where students watched the short film “The Persecution of Falun Gong,” which recently received the Silver Award at the 2015 Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, and the Excellence in Directing Documentary Short Form award at the 2015 International Cinematic Arts Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The film took two years to make, during which time the New York-based producer Paulio Shakespeare and director Mathias Magnason conducted over 20 interviews with experts and eyewitnesses.

The ten-minute mini-documentary depicts the Chinese regime’s ongoing suppression of the meditation practice called Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa.

In the Q&A session after the film, students asked many questions about media censorship in China. Film and media instructor Sveinung Gjerde asked why he hadn’t heard about the persecution in China. The practitioners explained how China ranks very low in terms of media freedom, according to the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders.

They also explained how the Chinese regime fears that allowing too much freedom in news reporting would lead to the downfall of the Communist Party. The Central Propaganda Department subjugates journalists and producers in radio, film, and television to maintain the Party’s control over the media and to ensure that all content is in line with Party dogma.

Learning the Falun Gong Exercises

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In the afternoon, the students joined a one-hour Falun Gong meditation class at the University of Technology near Sydney’s central business district. The class included a basic introduction to Falun Gong, learning the five exercises, and a Q&A session with practitioners.

The students and their teachers expressed their gratitude to the practitioners for introducing them to Falun Gong and helping them learn about the persecution in China. The class is heading back to Norway later this month, taking with them memorable experiences and much food for thought.

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