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Falun Gong appeal to South African Embassy for help
Christine Parker
7/4/2004



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Falun Gong practitioners in Washington, D.C. took their concerns about a drive-by shooting directly to the South African Embassy on Thursday. An Australian traveling in Johannesburg Monday was seriously injured when a gunman opened fire on his car. Approximately 40 practitioners gathered at the embassy in an effort to impress upon South African officials the seriousness of the shooting.

David Liang, who was injured in the attack, and eight other Falun Gong practitioners had traveled from Australia to South Africa to help serve visiting Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong and Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai with legal papers for their participation in the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

At the embassy, Jared Pearman, a spokesperson for the Falun Dafa Association in Washington said, “We are here to deliver a letter and to ask for support. We need to get to what is at the root of this [incident].”

The letter that was delivered to the South African Embassy stated that the Falun Gong practitioners wanted to condemn the shooting and that they hoped the South African government would continue to investigate the incident.

A representative from the embassy provided the practitioners with a copy of a statement from the South African National Police spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Selby Bokaba. The police are probing charges of attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

“Our job is to investigate what happened and only then will we be able to determine what the actual cause was,” Mr. Bokaba stated.


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