Time to dismantle Vancouver Falun Gong Protest

According to Mayor Sam Sullivan, the Falun Gong protest stationed outside the Chinese consulate has to go.

“I had to be pretty clear that it was a [bylaw] violation and that there is sympathy to the issues of Falun Gong and we wish them well in their efforts to protest,” he said.

The bylaw states that no structures may be built on public property.

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“There’s a lot of issues of public disorder that I think over time my plan is to every couple of months take on a new bylaw that needs attention,” he said.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) says the mayor has overstepped his boundary.

“The city has no rights here. They have a duty and an obligation to conduct themselves according to Charter values,” said BCCLA associate policy coordinator Micheal Vonn. “The position of the Falun Gong would be ‘the human rights issue hasn’t gone away, so why should we?'”

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24 Hours Vancouver, Canada
June 9, 2006
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