Recently, anti-Falun Gong banners can be seen everywhere in Hong Kong. Netizens complain that these banners hurt the city’s appearance and affect road safety. Furthermore, as Falun Gong is a banned religious organisation in Mainland China, the large-scale campaign against the group triggers the fear that freedom of religion and speech is being tightened in Hong Kong.
Overwhelming Number of Anti-Falun Gong Banners
The following is the photo map of anti-Falun Gong banners in Tsim Sha Tsui.
(Click on the triangles to view photos.)
These banners also appear in Causeway Bay and even Tung Chung.
Contents of Anti-Falun Gong Banners
Supported by Beijing
These banners are erected by “Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited” (香港青年關愛協會). According to the report of Next Magazine (壹週刊) in August,
(*Full article in here)
From the information of Companies Registry, Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited is registered as a limited company. It has two board members, Lam Kwok-on and Ng Chong-tsang. Its registered address is 1st floor of Yanjing Building in Fanling…
The leader of anti-cult Lam Kwok-on claimed to be a member of DAB earlier in his life…In 2000, when he was the chairman of the Owners’ Coperation of Fanling Wah-ming Estate, he refused to let Democratic Party to post election advertisements in the estate. In recent years, he organises youth services for pro-Beijing parties. He even campaigned for DAB in last year District Council election. Lam is even a specially hired committee member for the government of Jinggangshan city in Jiangxi province…
Besides having lots of “selfless volunteers”, Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited also gets financial support from a Mainland Chinese big company…The office of Hong Kong Youth Care Association is owned by Yanjing Beer (Hong Kong) Limited…The place is offered by Yanjing Beer for free…
Our reporter further investigated that there is also a branch of Care Association in Shenzhen. The office of the association is in Hongling Lu of Shenzhen. No one was in there. A staff from the office next door brought our reporter to the office of “Anti-cult Association”, which is located on the same floor. “The two associations have the same people. Two door signs. If you want to find them, come here. That side won’t open,” said the staff.
In 1999, China outlawed Falun Gong. Next year, China Anti-cult Association and China Care Association were established. On the surface, they are non-governmental organisations. In fact, the authority actively supports the organisations, making them bloom in every province. A new branch has also been established in Hong Kong.
Composed of Thugs
According to the same article above,
New Tang Dynasty Television reporter Leung Chun who always reports news about Falun Gong…told Next Magazine, “People of Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited were waving knifes. It was extremely intimidating. However, the police said they are fine as long as they haven’t hurt anyone. I think this is unacceptable.”
Netizens also had serious arguments with people of Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited.
Protested with British Hong Kong Flags
Some netizens protested in front of these banners with British Hong Kong flags.
Fung: Great, it would be the best to cover all these bad banners with Union Jack and Dragon-and-Lion flag. I’ve complained many times by calling Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station, Highway Department, Home Affairs Department and Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. Yet, they simply refer me to another departments…I think the members of Falun Gong are very quiet and haven’t disturbed others.
Ho: The government outlawed unauthorised banner display. Recently, anti-Falun Gong banners from Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited were erected all over Nathan Road and Star Ferry Pier, and these banners have no effective date. I am very discontent with the government for allowing this organisation to erect banners unlawfully, destroying the environment of Hong Kong. (Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited is the Chinese Communist Party basically. It is used to eradicate Falun Gong. This has never happened in Hong Kong.) I’m not a member of Falun Gong and don’t really like its promotion methods.
The following may be the cause of this incident:
1. The government is afraid of the Chinese Communist Party and therefore connives at the offense made by this Care Association.
2. The government and this Care Association conspire together to eradicate Falun Gong.
tbu: Hong Kong Youth Care Association, this rubbish satellite communist terrorist group, started struggle sessions against Falun Gong in Star ferry Pier and Causeway Bay, turning Hong Kong back to the white terror of 1967 Leftist Riot. The most annoying thing is that some banners are written in Cantonese, misleading others into thinking that Hongkongers agree with struggle sessions against Falun Gong. Today, they attack Falun Gong. One day, they can use the same method to attack people who are against national education. In July 1st protest, they can create chaos. I don’t agree with the belief of Falun Gong. However, whether Falun Gong is suppressed has become an index of Hong Kong freedom of speech or Beijing interference of Hong Kong affairs. As a Hongkonger, one must pay attention to this incident.
In fact, the leader of anti-National Education, Joshua Wong, was intimidated by another radical pro-Beijing group called “Caring Hong Kong Power” (愛護香港力量, 愛港力 in short). One of its member flashed a pair of scissors in front of Wong, who walked past a pro-National Education forum in Mong Kok last month.
Leung: The Communist thieves are monks with umbrellas – no hair no heaven (*which means “have no regards for law”. You can against Falun Gong. However, you should use legal methods. Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited doesn’t respect the law of Hong Kong at all. Displaying banners without written permissions is illegal. Telling Falun Gong to get out of Hong Kong? Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited has no regards for Hong Kong law. Using Cultural Revolution Style struggle sessions to attack Falun Gong is unethical. Therefore, it should be them getting out of Hong Kong.
Could it be that civilisation and respectful of law are opposite to the Communist Party? Why do they have to be uncilivised and disrespectful of law in front of Hongkongers? How to tell people to love to be Chinese?
On Nov 27, according to Oriental Daily, a 40-year-old man was arrested for damaging 17 anti-Falun Gong banners from Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited. Netizens saluted the man as a hero.
As the government refuses to handle road safety and image issues brought by the overwhelming number of anti-Falun Gong banners, citizens destroyed the banners by themselves.