5.01.2006

Interview with Ms. Wang Wenyi

Telephone interview in Mandarin by Mr. Yang (of ETFM) with Ms. Wang Wenyi, regarding what happened at the south lawn of the White House, the desperate situation of the prosecution of Falun Gong members in China, and reasons behind Ms. Wang's actions.

Click to download: 4/28 東森晚餐 楊憲宏專訪王文怡女士(.wma)。

6 comments:

bobby fletcher said...

FYI Dr. Wang is the lead researcher for Epoch Times NY's conveniently timed "Sujiatun Auschwitz" allegation that has since being discredited:

http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2006&m=April&x=20060416141157uhyggep0.5443231&t=livefeeds/wf-latest.html

Given Dr. Wang's profession as a pathologist, and New York's recent string of grisly illegal cadaver organ harvesting cases, it's not hard to see how she put two and two together and rehashed the 1970's era anti-communist tall tale of people sentenced to vivisection.

cleverCLAIRE said...

I cannot vouch for whether the Sujiatun camp existed or not. However it is a known fact that China has human rights violations happening all over the place. The US enmbassy staff failed to find any evidence in the facility doesn't necessarily mean it never took place. Until the matter is cleared up, I salute to Ms. Wang's courage for bringing the matter to the world's attention.

bobby fletcher said...

Reason suggests "innocent unti proven guilty", especially for a serious allegation like "Auschwitz".

Until then, accusing China without proof is demonization.

cleverCLAIRE said...

What is it that makes people believe it could be true when the news came out?

It is a known fact that China has been suppressing Falun Gong practitioners and more than one people came forward to testify about Sujiatun. I read the news and I form my opinion.

I'm entitled to my opinion, no?

Anonymous said...

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2006/05/03/2003305933

Anonymous said...

Shouting for freedom, not heckling

Commentary by By Dan Bloom (GOOGLE)

May 03, 2006

When New York-based Epoch Times reporter and Falun Gong practitioner Wang Wenyi (王文怡) interrupted the White House welcoming ceremony for Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) in Washington last month, her protest was heard round the world. Hauled away by police and arrested, Wang later told reporters that her protest had not been planned but occurred spontaneously when she found herself standing up on a reporters' news bleacher and facing Hu just a few meters away.
The media has been calling Wang a "heckler", when in fact, she should be called a protester. She was doing much more than merely heckling a Chinese communist dictator, she was boldly and confidently protesting the brutal treatment of Falun Gong followers inside China.

Her protest was well-received in most democratic nations of the world, and especially here in Taiwan.

In a recent article she wrote for the Epoch Times, Wang, who had gained access to the White House ceremony with a press pass from the newspaper, said her original intention had been simply to report on the event.

`Whenever a lone individual stands up to face down a brutal dictator, in any part of the world, at any time, those who value freedom and democracy must applaud her or him.'



But when she saw US President George W. Bush shaking hands with Hu, in full view of the invited guests and live on television around the globe, she said she felt compelled by conscience to shout out her protest.

"I cried out for those who have been tortured and suffered genocidal persecution," Wang wrote, adding that her protest was a matter of life and death, as far as she was concerned. "I acted in a way consistent with the American spirit. I also acted to protect the dignity of America and humankind."

Wang said that she could not pass up an opportunity to confront Hu and Bush over alleged reports that China is removing organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and selling them -- charges which Beijing denies.

"The two national leaders who have the best chance of stopping this were right in front of me," Wang later recounted. "Where else could I have a chance like this? How could I not speak out at that moment? Hu needs to hear this, for his own sake, for the sake of Chinese people."

Indeed, Wang acted in the true spirit of democratic protest and free speech, and she should be considered as a heroine for her actions that day.

Whenever a lone individual stands up to face down a brutal dictator, in any part of the world, at any time, those who value freedom and democracy must applaud her or him. Like the lone man in Beijing who famously stood up to confront tanks in Tiananmen Square in June 1989 during the government-ordered massacre.

So let's get one thing absolutely straight: Wang was not a heckler, but a freedom fighter. Her name should be honored, not reviled.

When Wang was asked by US reporters after the incident if she felt that her outburst at the White House had compromised her status as a journalist, she replied: "No matter what kind of title I have, I consider myself to be a human being first. So humanity surpasses everything when you see people being killed."

How did China and the US react to Wang's outburst that day? Well, Bush apologized to Hu, and Hu said he accepted the apology. But outside diplomatic circles, a letter to the editor of the Washington Post championed Wang's unplanned but passionate protest.

"I was outraged to read that Wang Wenyi faces a possible prison sentence of up to six months for shouting her outrage at the Chinese President," wrote Heather Brutz of Silver Spring, Maryland. "Wang is a member of Falun Gong. China has jailed members of this religious group, put them in labor camps, and may even have harvested members' organs and sold them abroad. This persecution has come about because of Falun Gong members' peaceful protests in China. In the face of such atrocities, Wang's behavior is admirable ... Through her nonviolent actions, Wang shows a clear understanding of the ideals of democracy."

And there you have it: A lone individual stands up to a powerful tyrant, in full view of the public and the television cameras, showing the world the truth, and letting her voice become a sound heard round the world.