This is an update to an earlier JMBzine post
I just did a bit of google searching and as it turns out Wenyi Wang has been speaking out for freedom for the persecuted practicioners of Falon Gong for some time, and has faced persecution from the tyranical totalitarian/uber-capitalist PROC regime for some time (btw, that was not a typo. One of China’s great failings is their continuation of totalitarian tactics while also adopting the evils of capitalism… which by the dictionary definition has made them a fascist state, as capitalism coupled with total state control creates a world in which all power lies in the rich)
NEW YORK â€” Standing on the corner of 42nd Street and 12th Avenue, Dr. Wenyi Wang refused to eat all day in protest. Wang said that when her father died from heart problems on May 3, she knew she had to go back to her hometown in northeast China for the funeral. The problem was getting there.
The Chinese Consulate of New York, which Wang stood outside of, refused to renew her Chinese passport, making it impossible for her to return home or visit any other country besides Canada.
â€œThe reason is simple. I have very actively criticized the Chinese regime for their persecution of Falun Gong practitioners,â€ said Wang, a permanent U.S. resident and physician at Mount Sinai Hospital, in an open letter to the public. . .
Not having a press card did not stop Ms. Wang. While on a quiet walk off the beaten path, she happened upon Jiang Zemin taking a stroll. She asked him to stop killing Falun Gong practitioners.
(Jiang Zemin was the prior PROC President)
Also here’s some more coverage of today’s arrest of Wenyi. I am appalled that the Secret Service is actually prosecuting her for this, particularly for “intimidating a foreign official.” Well maybe Hu needed to be intimidated by the power of the people!
A Falun Gong protester who heckled Chinese President Hu Jintao on the White House lawn today is to be charged with disorderly conduct and “intimidating” a foreign official.
The US Secret Service says Wang Wenyi, who was working as a reporter for Falun Gongâ€™s United States-based newspaper Epoch Times, shouted pro-Falun Gong slogans as Mr Hu made brief remarks before he held talks with US President George Bush. . .
Wang was a pathologist who researched claims by Falun Gong that thousands of its followers in Chinese concentration camps have been killed and had their organs harvested and sold.
. . . “This was unfortunate and I’m sorry this happened,” Mr Bush told Mr Hu, according to Dennis Wilder, a senior official with the National Security Council.
The Secret Service charged Ms Wang with disorderly conduct under local statutes.
The US Attorney’s office was weighing federal charges of “willing intimidation or disruption of a foreign official”, said Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren.
In China, authorities blacked out television feeds as Ms Wang heckled Mr Hu. CNN International said its signal to China was interrupted twice: when Ms Wang was shouting and later, when the network reported the incident.
The websites of the state-run China Central Television and the official Xinhua news agency made no mention of the protest. Both said that Mr Bush “held a solemn ceremony to welcome” Mr Hu.
Outside the White House, hundreds of yellow-clad Falun Gong disciples, Taiwanese nationalists, and Tibetan youth group members demonstrated against Mr Hu and his Government.
The protesters denounced China’s human rights record, its missile build-up near Taiwan and its 55-year-long rule over the Himalayan Buddhist region of Tibet.
A US official said Mr Hu’s team was probably offended by the incident.
“The hardliners on Mr Hu’s team are going to ask, why did it take so long for us to pick her up. It is not a good thing,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
. . . On China TV: As Hu was speaking when yells of protesters became audible, the screen went black. When the feed came back the screen once again went black when woman was again heard. During CNN International’s post-speech commentary, at mention of south lawn heckler, the screen also went black again. The CNN feed returned when the incident ended. . .
Just wait, give it a few years and CNN will do the same thing here in the US of A.
Also here’s some op-ed commentary on this…
. . . In fact, during this morning’s event, President Bush urged President Hu to allow his people to speak freely. What a coincidence that a Chinese woman at the event would take the president up on his challenge.
“President Bush, stop him from killing! Stop persecuting the
Falun Gong! President Bush, stop him!” she shouted while CNN anchors expressed pity for… the president.
CNN’s coverage: “An embarrassing moment, potentially, for the president.” Then Miles O’Brien reacted, “I should say amid the pomp and circumstance — a blemish.” A Chinese woman expressing her views to the Chinese president in the only forum possible — she certainly couldn’t do that in China — is a blemish? Yes, it was a pimple on the ass of such a wonderful event; an event which will usher in an era of more American jobs going overseas to communist controlled sweatshops. Dag. How dare she interrupt such pomp with all that annoying pus-filled free speech!
Back to the president. You’d figure since he’s been called by God to protect and ensure the liberty of all people, he’d have the courage of his faith and convictions to do or say something. Perhaps he could’ve waved off the Secret Service agents who hauled her away. He could’ve invited her to address President Hu in a more official setting. This could’ve been his moment to put his money where his mouth is.
The incident took place immediately after Mr Bush urged President Hu to allow Chinese to “speak freely”.
The Chinese leader, unaccustomed to such public protests, stopped speaking briefly until Mr Bush lent over and reassured him. Later Mr Bush personally apologised for the incident.
So, Ms. Wang was arrested for doing what Bush recommended. And what’s with the “intimidating a foreign official” charge? How ridiculous.
Again I am no fan of George Bush and his cowardly behavior today doesn’t do much to change my opinion. Again, Bush should have been the one to condemn Hu for putting his people in concentration camps for the “crime” of choosing a spiritual path. Bush’s failure to do this made Wenyi’s action a moral imperative. God bless her for having the courage to speak truth to both of the tyrants who were on the South Lawn.
And here’s one more news story that highlights Bush’s complete lack of backbone in standing up to this tyrant…
Emphasis added is my own:
In private, aides said, Bush raised the case of a North Korean asylum seeker, Kim Chun Hee, who was deported back to her homeland despite Chinese obligations under U.N. refugee conventions. He asked again about a list of Chinese political prisoners that he first gave Hu during a meeting at the United Nations in September and gave a new list of six detainees he hopes will be released. But Bush did not mention the persecution of Falun Gong, even with hundreds of its followers outside the White House banging drums, holding up banners and chanting, “Stop the killing, stop the torture.”
That was not enough to satisfy Baihua Zhou, 49, a software engineer from Ohio, who was among hundreds of protesters on Pennsylvania Avenue. On her chest she wore a picture of a mutilated corpse whose organs had been sold off, representing what Falun Gong says is a campaign of abuse and murder of believers in China.
“We want to expose these crimes to the world,” she said, comparing Hu to a murderer. “If he wants to invite him to his house, President Bush has to say what is right to say, not just to please him. He has to tell him the people’s concerns.”
President Bush is a joke, but if he wants to redeem himself he can start by giving Wenyi a Presidential pardon (she now faces six months in prison for the “crime” of speaking the truth to power) and then appologizing for her for silencing her when she was saying the very things he should have been saying.