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This is what it looks like to stand up for what you believe in – NZ Parents could learn something from these guys.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 5, 2007

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This is what it looks like to stand up for what you believe in – NZ Parents could learn something from these guys.

Monday, March 5, 2007 am31 6:45 AM in CYFSWATCH Media

Falun Gong defies ban
By DAVID DICKENS – The Dominion Post | Monday, 5 March 2007
CRAIG SIMCOX/Dominion Post

Thousands turned out for the Chinese New Year Festival parade, above. The council called in police to stop Falun Gong members taking part in their boat float.

A Falun Gong float, dancers and musicians defied a council ban and efforts to stop them taking part in Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival parade.

Thousands of people two or three deep watched the parade in Courtenay Place yesterday. It finished at Frank Kitts Park.

A van driven by security guards hired by the city council was parked in front of a Falun Gong float to stop it taking part.

The float, decorated to look like a small boat and carrying six of the spiritual groups members, was driven around the back of the van, leaving surprised security guards in its wake.

Police were also involved but the float and a large group of Falun Gong supporters finally got through at the tail of the parade, defying a council ban imposed on the basis that the group is deemed political.

The Falun Gong has been banned in China and their participation in the parade presented diplomatic problems for the council, which co-sponsored the parade with the Chinese embassy.

Council events manager John Dawson said the council did not want political groups taking part in community events it funded.

The problem this year was compounded by the Falun Gong float as the driver had not been to the safety briefing.

Mr Dawson said the council called the police in an attempt to stop it.

Falun Gong organiser Joan Zhang said the police tried to seize the float, and threatened to arrest about 90 musicians and dancers who surrounded it.

Police declined to comment.

But an officer at the scene said they let it through in the end as this was about road policing – we do not get political.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast appeared unperturbed by the groups actions: We cannot stop them anyway. They will be using a public road closed off for an event and will not be obstructing anyone.

Falun Gong is a religious movement whose adherents practise meditation and exercises. After 20 years of rapid growth of the movement, in 1999 the Chinese Government moved to suppress it, calling it an evil cult.


3 Responses to “This is what it looks like to stand up for what you believe in – NZ Parents could learn something from these guys.”

  1. Jana Shearer said

    What does political mean?

    If someone came into your home stole your parents and children and tortured them and you knew not where they were what would you do?

    You would go the police and if they didn’t listen you would go the
    Politicians and if they didn’t listen you would go to the media and if they didn’t listen you would go into the streets and down every possible avenue to expose this crime.

    Is that being political?

    You can call us political. If that’s what it takes to stop this bloody brutal inhumane persecution then call us anything you like we won’t mind.

    “The truth is, mankind’s “politics” was not designed for the persecutors’ use. If “getting political” can expose the persecution, if “getting political” can stop the persecution, if “getting political” can help clarify the facts, if “getting political” can save sentient beings–if “getting political” can do all of this good, then why not do so? The crux of the matter, it would seem, is that a Falun Gong practitioners motive is to stop the persecution, and not to “get political” for the sake of gaining human political power. Cultivators have no desire for power among men: just the opposite, cultivators are to let go of any attachment to power.”

    Please think about this persecution with more compassion. Any persecution of the very best in humanity is wrong. Falun Gong is good.

  2. Jay said

    I would feel I was on a time warp back in Nazi Germany, People also disapeared in the night with little to no explaination, had kangaroo courts where individuals who spoke out againt injustices, were also shafted.
    The commos did the same, only refined it a bit!
    (backing up 1st Comment)

  3. Jana said

    I am amazed that that the word Ban is used to describe Falun Gongs legitimacy for being an entrant into the parade.

    Words carry enormous Power as any journalist and editor will tell you.

    Please let us not forget that that the Chinese communist regime banned Falun Gong because they could find no legitimate reason for torturing and murdering us.

    So i ask the reporter and editor who banned Falun Gong from the parade? Was it the Chinese communist party? and if so then we have big problem corruption in the city council.

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