[First filed: July 18, 2009 @ 22:08]
Around midday this Saturday I was collecting some roast duck and noodles from the exemplary Tak Kee Roast Inn in Dickson and was a little surprised, as I walked back to the car, to see a column of traffic approaching all bearing placards bolted on to roof racks.
The Falun Gong organ, the Epoch Times, has an AAP story explaining that the Gongers are trying to use the Stern Hu hysteria to demonise the Chinese Government, particularly as it relates to their own oppression:
- While the world watches China’s handling of the Stern Hu affair, former residents took to the streets of Canberra on Saturday as a reminder of their decade-long battle for freedom.
Falun Gong disciple Elliot Fan led an unusual convoy of cars around the city to mark the 10th anniversary of the day Falun Gong was suddenly declared illegal.
While I have some doubts about Stern Hu’s innocence (and consider that the main reason for the Australian Government’s silence) I’ll admit to an admiration of Falun Gong’s persistent protest.
(Trying to separate anti-chinese sentiment from anti-chinese government sentiment probably isn’t a bad idea either.)