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Mother calls for rescuing her son
HONG KONG - Mrs. Zheng, a 70 year-old mother, has sat in front of the Government Secretariat in Hong Kong for the past two months in an effort to gain support for her jailed son in China. However, her visa will soon expire and she will have to return to Beijing.
Mrs. Zheng came to Hong Kong to visit her family members with a two-way exit permit last December. During that time, Zheng has contacted various government offices in Hong Kong to help secure the release of her son, Sun Zhongwen, who was sentenced to a four year prison term in China for procession of Falun Gong materials. She has traveled throughout Hong Kong’s eighteen districts collecting signatures from citizens.
Falun Gong is a spiritual meditation practice based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. It is estimated that 100 million people in over 60 countries practice it. Because Falun Gong grew to be more popular that the Communist Party, in 1999, dictator Jiang Zemin declared the practice illegal.
Last week, after immigration department officials denied Zheng’s request for a visa extension, she fainted and was hospitalized in Ruttonjee Hospital. The incident prompted immigration officials to extend her visa for ten more days.
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