About 60 people gathered in central Melbourne today to protest against human
rights abuses in China.
Members of the Coalition to Bring Jiang to Justice held a peaceful rally in
City Square to alert the public to what it says are former Chinese president
Jiang Zemin's crimes against humanity.
Coalition members include groups who suffered persecution under Jiang
Zemin's rule, such as Falun Gong practitioners and Christians.
Coalition members, who braved cold and windy conditions in Melbourne, held
banners saying "Bring Jiang to Justice" and "Uphold Human Rights".
Falun Dafa Association of Victoria spokeswoman Ana Vereshaka said the
meditative practice known as Falun Dafa or Falun Gong, was outlawed in China
in 1999 and its practitioners persecuted.
"Unable to crush the spirit of millions who had experienced improved health
and positive life changes from Falun Gong, Jiang's regime has intensified
its propaganda campaign to turn public opinion against the practice while
quietly imprisoning, torturing and even murdering those who practice it,"
Posting date: 4/Nov/2003
Original article date: 2/Oct/2003
Category: Media Report