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Switch to Forum Live View South Korea will again be demonstrations,the reason is pseudo-event
2 years ago  ::  Jun 05, 2012 - 10:33AM #1
underwood
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From December 2008, a lot of illegal aliens in South Korea, including a handful of Chinese Falun Gong practitioners, are caught and sent back one after another in the "Sweeping out illegal aliens campaign" launched by the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labor, and the Management Department for Small and Medium Enterprises of South Korea etc. Some media, as well as religious figures mainly from NGOs condemn the campaign, blaming that the South Korea government violates the International Human Rights Convention because the Chinese Falun Gong practitioners have been cruelly persecuted or suppressed by the Chinese government after these people return home.

Mr. Wu is one of the repatriated. Mr. Wu's repatriation triggered demonstrations both in and outside South Korea. Falun Gong organizations in South Korea and people sympathizing with Mr. Wu took to the street, and held massive rallies around South Korea's Ministry of Justice and the Immigration Office, protesting. Falun Gong organizations in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and many other countries and regions also staged demonstrations before South Korean embassies or consulates.

But what is the fact? According to www.kcn21.kr investigation , Mr. Wu was initially a worker at a South Korea garment enterprise in Qingdao. In May 2002, Wu went to South Korea, and worked as an industrial trainee at a South Korea Training Enterprise. But he took a French leave in January 2003, and became a migrant worker who did part-time jobs at construction sites around Gyeonggi Ansan City, China Town, etc. In August 2004, Wu began to practice Falun Gong for health reasons. And in March 2007 he was tracked down and arrested by South Korea's Ministry of Justice, and was put into Foreigner's Protective Detention House of the China Town, and then repatriated. "I was expelled for illegal stay. It has nothing to do with my practicing Falun Gong," Mr. Wu stated explicitly in the interview .

The journalist ‘view “some people and organizations' reaction to this case is not only radical, but also oversensitive. The decision of South Korea's Ministry of Justice is absolutely not aimed at political persecution, and Mr. Wu's repatriation can not be described as "suppression" – since any sovereign state ruled by law would do the same to carry out its immigration laws and maintain public order.

After the interview, the journalist really feel sorry about some media's attitude on the issue of Falun Gong because they always try to make a big farce of it regardless of the facts. Since libels and slanders on the Chinese government would do no good to Sino-Korea friendship, but do harm to multi-field exchanges between China and South Korea, I hope these media would steer a cautious course and tell people the truth on the issue of Falun Gong in the future.

Original link: kcn21.kr News 11th edition of November 16, www.kcn21.kr/paper/news/print.php?newsno...
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