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Falun Gong: A Decade of Repression

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In April 1999 the Chinese government began its campaign to repress the rights of the Falun Gong practictioners. It began with an article written by a physicist in Tianjin that stated young people should not practice Falun Gong. Practitioners were offended by his unfair treatment of the tradition and gathered in protest. The police responded swiftly and harshly beating and arresting many of the protesters. This led to more protests and the subsequent campaign to discredit and repress this tradition. Prior to China's crackdown, Falun Gong was an enormously popular spiritual and health exercise. Today our guest, Zhang Erping, a spokesperson here in the US for the Falun Gong movement, will provide us with insight into the intricacies of this fascinating new Chinese tradition and the repression it faces in China. Zhang has studied censorship in China extensively, and has worked with US policymakers to pass a number of Congressional resolutions condemning China's treatment of Falun Gong practitioners. He has testified before the US Congress, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and the Italian Parliament about Falun Gong in China.
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