Falun Gong practitioners issued a news release on the afternoon of September 17th, 2005 to expose the fact that during Hu Jintao's visit to Vancouver, some CCP supporters threatened Falun Gong practitioners,forcefully took away the practitioners' signs and banners and tore them up.
According to the news release, around the Westin Hotel where Hu Jintao was staying, Falun Gong practitioners were displaying banners and signs that called for an end to the persecution. Their messages included: "Bring Jiang, Luo, Liu and Zhou and the vicious police and evildoers who persecute Falun Gong practitioners to justice," as well as some advice to Hu Jintao: The time that Gods and people have given you is limited.
|Practitioners stay overnight outside the hotel to send forth righteous thought|
After Hu arrived at the hotel, some CCP supporters deliberately provoked an incident. They first used their flags to cover up Falun Gong practitioners' banners and then tore signs that practitioners held in their hands.
One Falun Gong practitioner, Matthew, who was on the spot said, "Yesterday, some pro-CCP individuals snatched signs from practitioners and then trampled on them. Police officers did not expect that those people would besiege and beat practitioners and attack them like that, so today, more police officers came and said that they were there to protect practitioners."
Canadian practitioner Kaylan added, "Last night, when we meditated in front of the hotel, those communist supporters surrounded us, some singing communist party songs, some clapping and broadcasting alarms through a loudspeaker. Later, the police came to stop them."
Police officers said that those pro-CCP individuals were really bad, while Falun Gong practitioners were all very good.
|CTV conducting an interview|
Vancouver resident: This is Canada. Don't do evil here!
At around 5 p.m. on September 16th, 2005, several practitioners unfurled a large banner on one side of the hotel where Hu was staying. The banner read, "Bring Jiang, Luo, Liu, and Zhou to Justice". Shortly after, two young men who held little red flags in their hands rushed over. They quickly stole the practitioners' banner and threw it to the ground, while cursing the practitioners. A local resident happened to pass by. Upon seeing this, she pointed to them and said, "This is Canada. You can't do evil here!" The two young men suddenly stood still in amazement, but they still intended to forcefully take away more practitioners' banners again. The Canadian lady went over and continuously berated them, "Don't do evil! Don't do evil!"
Canadian Police: I'm here to protect you!
At this point, some practitioners called the police. A police officer came and indignantly shouted at the two young men, "Stop! I'll arrest you if you do it again!" The two young men had to leave.
The policeman turned around and said to practitioners, "Don't be afraid, I'm here to protect you." Then the practitioners once again unfurled their banner and clarified the facts to passersby.
|A Canadian lady (wearing the brown jacket) stops the CCP supporters from forcefully taking away practitioners' banner|
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP): We will let Hu see your message
Falun Gong practitioner Wang Ping, who came from San Francisco, said that the RCMP supported Falun Gong very much. On September 16th when Hu Jintao was about to arrive at the hotel, some RCMP officers came over and told practitioners they would let Hu see our messages. Later when Hu's motorcade came, they passed right by our banners.
Hotel guest: I support you and wish you success!
A lady from Texas who was staying at the Westin Hotel told practitioners when she saw the signs in practitioners' hands, "I support you, and wish you a success!"
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