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Videos from Hong Kong and mainland China Sent to Chen Guangcheng for publication in the west.

November 13, 2019

Aggressive Policeman on Motorcycle Threatens Protesters

November 13, 2019

Hong Kong Streets and Universities Barricaded Against Police.

November 13, 2019

Nerves are Frayed Across Hong Kong

November 13, 2019

Hong Kong Tries to Carry On

September 30, 2019

High Angle View of Street Protests in Hong Kong

September 26, 2019

Chinese Swat Team Arrests Human Rights Lawyer

Human rights lawyer Xie Yang was arrested when police burst into the hotel room where he was meeting with with a Chinese citizen, discussing the death of protester Wang Meiyu in prison in Hengyang Detention Center in Hunan.  A SWAT team burst into the hotel and held them both for 24 hours. Xie is a well known human rights lawyer in the 709 movement, named for the crackdown on protesters in July, 2015.

September 9, 2019

Hong Kong Protesters Raise their Voices in Unison

Hundreds upon hundreds of people in a shopping mall sang "Glory to Hong Kong" before chanting pro-democracy slogans on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

August 28, 2019

The people of Hong Kong find a clever way to thwart police in a coordinated protest.

This video was sent to Chen Guangcheng by protesters in Hong Kong who opened their windows together at ten o'clock at night to shout: "Recovering Hong Kong. The revolution of the time!"

August 13, 2019

Bloody crackdown by Hong Kong Police against Pro-Democracy Protesters continues.
August 1, 2019
Pro-democracy press conference in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong hold their own press conference while wearing masks that conceal their faces, and demand that the government protect the people, and stop attacking protesters.

Tensions and anger remain high in Hong Kong.  Pro-democracy protesters defend themselves against police attacks.

In early August of 2019, pro-democracy protesters are attacked by Hong Kong and mainland Chinese police.  Many fight back and use the sticks the police are armed with to defend themselves.

Pro-Democracy protesters attacked by masked, armed assailants in Hong Kong metro station on July 21, 2019
Passengers and citizens demand to know why the police didn't stop the violence. 

The attackers seemed to target those wearing black shirts who had come from a nearby protest.  The assailant used wooden and metal rods in attacks on both men and women, and put 45 people in the hospital. Protesters continue to turn out in great numbers against the passage of a bill that would allow extradition to mainland China for anyone accused of a crime. Follow Chen Guangcheng on Twitter for all the latest on the pro-democracy movement: @iguangcheng

 

Wang is a human rights lawyer sentenced to four and a half years for the crime of "subverting state power" in China and held incommunicado until recently.  He is imprisoned in Shandong Province, in the same jail where IPR Fellow Chen Guangcheng spent so many terrible years himself.  Li has only recently, after more than 1000 days, been allowed to see her husband in person. She describes him as "a changed man," who seemed confused, had memory lapses, and had lost a great deal of weight.  More than 200 lawyers and human rights activists were swept up by police on July 9, 2015 in what has become known as the 709 movement.  Wang was the last of those jailed to be sentenced. View Episodes 6 & 7 of Chen's video reports.

A message from Li Wenyu to her political prisoner husband, Wang Quanzhang. 

IPR Fellow Chen Guangcheng gave a speech and Q&A. 

Prof. Sen Nieh of CUA organized the forum.

The 20th Anniversary of the crackdown in China of Falun Gong was marked on April 25 in the House Cannon Office Bldg.

Religious Freedom Forum on Capitol Hill

In 1999, 10,000 practitioners of the religious movement Falun Gong gathered in Beijing to appeal to the Chinese Communist Party to end the growing harassment of its members.  Instead the CCP's hostility and repression only grew, and April of that year now stands as a pivotal moment when the government began a policy of eradication of Falun Gong from China.  Over the years, its members have been sentenced to prison, forced into re-education camps or psychiatric hospitals for the criminally insane.  Many have been beaten, and even killed, in police custody. 

A number of Representative from Congress showed support for religious freedom at the forum, including Rep. Gus Balilakis (R.) of Florida, whose remarks were read by Prof. Sen Nieh of The Catholic University of America.  "Our brightest moments as a nation were those when we recognized evil and came together to swiftly and unapollogetically defeat it.  Our darkest moments were those when we stood by and did nothing while making excuses for our passivity.  The People’s Republic of China, PRC, is one of the world’s worst perpetrators of human rights abuses...The United States has a responsibility to address this type of tyranny and oppression throughout the world, especially in China."

IPR Fellow Chen Guangcheng says Falun Gong is not the only religion to be persecuted. Tibetan Buddhists, Christians, and Catholics are also targeted.  Chen says the power of the party is waning, due to the internet and pressure from within and without, but that it is the responsibility of everybody around the world to make China a more democratic country. He called out the United States for leasing nine satellites to China that can be used to control the Chinese people.

The Forum included members of the original Falun Gong appeal to the CCP, as well as survivors of its persecution.

Read more at The Epoch Times 

Video of the Event  

(Sen Nieh starts at 30:54, and Chen Guangcheng at 1:14:57)

April 30, 2019
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