This was a trap from the beginning, and most media walked right into it.
This press event appears to be an attempt to use Chen's notoriety and New York City media to spread the Chinese Communist Party's vilification of Falun Gong within American society.
The European Parliament passed a resolution yesterday condemning "systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from...prisoners of conscience in the People's Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners." The resolution calls upon member states to publicly condemn the gruesome practice, and ensure that all of those involved are prosecuted.
Western media reports over the last several days have largely characterized the Communist Party's decision to close the widely-scorned Re-education Through Labor (RTL) system as progress in the area of human rights. However, a new campaign, which aims to brainwash millions of Falun Gong practitioners across China -- through psychological and physical torture -- demonstrates Beijing's mechanisms of suppression remain as functional and utilized as ever.
While reporting on the fire that erupted on Tiananmen Square earlier today and the self-immolations that have occurred there in recent years, several Western media outlets stationed in Beijing wrongfully stated as fact that Falun Gong practitioners had self-immolated on Tiananmen Square in January, 2001.
Several reports issued by the Minghui.org website show that the persecution of Falun Gong is on-going and that abductions and torture continue on a daily basis.
A 38 year-old man from Central China died in police custody four days after being abducted, the Falun Dafa Information Center recently learned. Mr. Yang Zhonggeng's corpse was covered in extensive bruises but the local Domestic Security Office claimed he committed suicide, his family reported.
Sparked by the harassment of a respected teacher who publicly supported Falun Gong, hundreds of protesters turned the tables on a Chinese Communist Party front organization employed to bully dissenting voices in Hong Kong.
Five new petitions for individual Falun Gong practitioners—some with over 10,000 signatures—have been reported over the past two months, continuing a growing trend across China.