Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a practice consisting of five gentle exercises and adhering to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It was introduced to the public in China in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi. It became quickly popular among the masses and by 1999 it was estimated that nearly 70-100 million people were practicing Falun Dafa.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could not tolerate its growing popularity and perceived it as a threat to its atheist ideology. Very soon a cold-blooded persecution campaign began with the aim of eradicating the practice. Practitioners of Falun Gong have been imprisoned, tortured in various ways and have even been killed for their organs.
However, the CCP’s attempts have only failed as the practice has spread to more than 100 countries today. Though its efforts have backfired, the CCP is still trying to defame the practice even today.
Now the evil CCP has begun to exert its influence outside Mainland China too. Lately, huge posters with defamatory messages about Falun Dafa were recently seen at numerous locations throughout Hong Kong. They were placed on busy streets near Falun Dafa information booths at Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, and other locations.
One woman who was putting up the posters said she was following orders from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in Shenzhen, a nearby city in mainland China. Zhou Sheng, a practitioner who regularly volunteers at Falun Dafa information booths, said these posters began appearing around March 6, 2021. Each set consists of three large, white posters with content in simplified Chinese that defames Falun Dafa and its founder.
Evidence shows this new wave of slander is connected with the Hong Kong Youth Care Association (HKYCA), a pro-CCP organization that was disbanded in December 2020. The HKYCA was registered as a limited company in Hong Kong in June 2012. The background of its members and its funding sources indicate that the association has ties to the CCP’s 610 Office, according to a report issued by the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG).
“Those posters are full of lies, which are exactly in line with over two decades of the CCP’s defamation propaganda [against our belief],” Zhou told the Chinese-language Epoch Times. The content on the displays is in simplified Chinese characters—the style that is mostly used in mainland China.
A man was spotted taking out poster displays from a steel cabinet that had been bound to a pier in Tsim Sha Tsui and belonged to the HKYCA, according to an anonymous local Falun Gong practitioner. Former high-ranking HKYCA members have been seen harassing Falun Gong adherents at their information booths almost every day, according to WOIPFG.
Chu Kong Wai, a Mong Kok district councillor, inspected one site where the slanderous posters were displayed on March 25. Since these posters simultaneously appeared at multiple sites, he believed this was an organized event, not the act of one individual.
Lo Chun-Yu, a councillor from the Tuen Mun District, also saw the posters. Lo said the content was not factual, so the posters can be deemed slanderous. He believes this is another way the HKYCA is harassing Falun Dafa practitioners.
Because the posters are unattended, Lo said they violate Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) regulations and can be considered an obstruction of a public space. Therefore, they are subject to criminal investigation.
Zhou said this new form of hate propaganda is a reflection of the CCP. As long as the totalitarian regime exists, it will continue to harm people. Because the people who put up the posters work for the CCP, she hopes more residents will report this to the authorities to stop the propaganda from poisoning people.