Chinese Authorities Arrest Falun Gong Leader

VOA News, Jan. 9, 2003

Chinese police have arrested the leader of an underground branch of the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement with alleged links to Taiwan.

The official state news agency, Xinhua, said Thursday that Yu Xiaoru was arrested in October in Fengjie, a city in southwestern Sichuan province. It did not explain why his arrest is now being made public.

Xinhua says Mr. Yu, a retired employee of the Agriculture Bureau of Fengjie County, had an organization of 30 Falun Gong members. It says Mr. Yu’s organization had been receiving a steady supply of printed materials advocating Falun Gong from another branch of the movement in Taiwan.

Mr. Yu’s group also is accused of supplying Taiwan with materials, including accounts of the alleged persecution of Chinese Falun Gong members.

Xinhua says that in 2001, authorities searched the homes of group members and found 22 bags of Falun Gong material, 12 kilograms of dynamite and copying machines.

China banned Falun Gong in 1999, calling it an evil cult.

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