Falun Gong protests arrival of ‘CCP villain’ in Taichung

Falun Gong protesters in Taichung

Several dozen members of Falun Gong (aka Falun Dafa) protested the arrival of Chen Zhenggao (陳政高), the governor of Liaoning Province, in Taichung this afternoon. The protesters shouted, “Chen Zhenggao, you’ve been accused, stop persecuting Falun Gong” (陳政高,你被告了,停止迫害法輪功). According to a Falun Gong website 409 Falun Gong practitioners have died as a result of persecution in Liaoning Province.

Police line separates protesters from CCP official

The protest was peaceful as police stood between the protesters and Chen’s entourage as he arrived at the Howard Prince Hotel.

CCP official's entourage enters the hotel

Chen’s entourage was able to enter the hotel without incident. Chen is on the list of 11,000 ‘CCP villians’ compiled by the No CCP Villain International Alliance. The alliance says that those on the list should be barred from entering Taiwan for their role in human rights abuses. An article published in the Taipei Times on Thursday has more details about the alliance and its demands. The article reports:

The legislature passed a resolution in early December barring known CCP human rights abusers entry into Taiwan. The resolution, co-introduced by [DPP Legislator] Chen [Ting-fei] and adopted by parties on both sides of the aisle, requires government authorities — including the MAC and the NIA — to deny Chinese officials who are known to have been involved in human rights abuses entry into Taiwan.

Greater Kaohsiung and Chiayi, as well as Changhua, Hualien, Miaoli and Yunlin counties, have adopted similar, albeit separate, resolutions.

However, it seems that the efforts of city councils, the legislature and NGOs have not swayed the current KMT government to reconsider or reject the visits of Chinese officials to Taiwan.

Falun Gong members hold banner

4 thoughts on “Falun Gong protests arrival of ‘CCP villain’ in Taichung

  1. Very good post. I am just curious: when you tried to take that first picture from behind the police officers, they didn’t mind?

  2. Sebastian, there was actually another line of police behind me. I think there seemed to be a good understanding between the police and the Falun Gong members here. The Falun Gong members didn’t make any attempt to push past the line. Also as a photographer the police didn’t say anything to me and let me move around freely.

  3. Hey David, it’s John Yu, the fellow who used to rent the room next to yours in Andrew’s apartment in Xindian. Stumbled across your blog from a link in the TECO website; had no idea you were so involved in blogging and authorship about Taiwanese issues! These days I’m working as a freelance translator while studying classical Chinese.

    Keep up the good work.

    -John-

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