Hong Kong officials deliver another warning against Falun Gong materials being distributed at an art exhibition
AP, Aug. 24, 2002
HONG KONG – Hong Kong officials on Saturday delivered another warning against the distribution of Falun Gong materials at an exhibition that showcases the art of an Australian follower of the meditation sect.
Annissa Chan, a spokeswoman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which runs City Hall where the exhibition was being held, said officials warned the organizer Epoch Group Ltd. that it was against a rental agreement to distribute unauthorized printed material. Chan declined to elaborate.
It was the second warning from the government since the exhibition opened Friday. Officials have demanded that the organizer remove copies of a book, “The Golden Brush,” which features painter Zhang Cuiying’s paintings, Falun Gong information and a message from Zhang condemning Beijing’s crackdown of the sect.
Zhang, who is an Australian citizen and lives in Sydney, was jailed in mainland China for her Falun Gong activities. She was not allowed entry into Hong Kong this week to attend the opening of her exhibition.
Officials said the book was “irrelevant” to the exhibition, said organizer Amy Chu, who is also a Falun Gong practitioner. She added the copies of the book were not immediately removed.
Law Yuk-kai, director of the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, criticized the department, saying it was “turning into a tool” to restrict Falun Gong activities.
A pro-Beijing newspaper Tao Kung Pao on Saturday questioned why the government allowed the exhibition, which runs until Monday.