Sunday, August 31, 2003

Falun Gong practitioners share story of imprisonment



By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

About 20 practitioners of Falun Gong gathered on Fountain Square Saturday afternoon to raise awareness of the plight of Dr. Charles Lee, a Californian serving three years in a Chinese prison for practicing the healing art.

Among the speakers was Lee's fiance, Yeong-ching Foo of Menlo Park, Calif. They are sharing Lee's story on a nationwide tour, which began in San Francisco, to raise awareness of his plight.

The monthlong tour is scheduled to end Sept. 16 in Washington, D.C., where supporters will deliver signed petitions to the State Department. Lee has been imprisoned for six months.

Falun Gong, developed in the early 1990s and is similar to Tai Chi, incorporates ancient Chinese body postures and hand movements to promote healing.

In 1999, the Chinese government banned Falun Gong, saying it spread fallacies, incited disturbances and jeopardized social stability.

At the University of Cincinnati, 600 people signed a petition urging the Chinese government to release Lee.

E-mail nhamilton@enquirer.com




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