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:: August 21, 2002 ::
Falun Gong is at it again

Li Hongzhi's devoted followers have been fined for obstructing public places in Hong Kong, reported Associated Press. And once again his people are putting their own spin on the story. It is interesting to see how many reporters in the Western media are taken in and essentially get it wrong when it comes to Falun Gong.

The leader of what China calls an "evil cult" seems to repeatedly seek confrontational situations within China and abroad by proxy through his devoted followers. And though the group is outlawed in Mainland China it is legal in Hong Kong.

Now Hongzhi's people say they are being "persecuted" in Hong Kong and that China no longer honors the "one country, two systems" promise it made before absorbing the former British colony.

However, Falun Gong not unlike anti-abortionists extemists within the United States, is subject to laws regarding its actions. And like American authorities, the government in Hong Kong is doing something about the behavior of demonstrators. Obstructing public access and creating a nuisance is against the law in both countries. In the US anti-abortion activists have been arrested, prosecuted, fined and/or subjected to lawsuits and punitive damages.

But despite the obvious comparisons between fanatics in both countries, many within the American press seem to prefer a rather one-sided and "politically correct" view of Falun Gong.

[Posted by Rick Ross at 09:56 AM][Link]
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