February 13, 2006

TOO COINCIDENTAL:

When All Else Fails: Threats (Richard C. Morais, 02.11.06, Forbes)

Peter Yuan Li--a key figure in the Falun Gong's technologically sophisticated attempt to undermine the Chinese Communist Party--was brutally attacked and beaten in his home in Duluth, Ga., as Forbes was going to press with its cover story on how the spiritual movement is penetrating the Chinese government's hi-tech censorship. At 11:15 A.M. on Feb. 8, according to the Fulton County Police Department Incident Report, Asian men stormed the house of the Princeton-educated information technology technician, bound and gagged and beat him, before fleeing with two 16-inch Sony laptop computers, Li's wallet and yet unknown material from his files.

"They were not looking for valuables," says Dr. Li, who needed 15 stitches in his face. "They left my daughter's jewelry and camcorder and other valuables."

Li is a Falun Gong practitioner and a technology specialist employed by the Epoch Times, a Falun Gong-affiliated newspaper that published a highly critical series of essays in a book called Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. The Nine Commentaries was coupled with an effective promotional campaign within China that urged the CCP and related youth party members to renounce their party affiliation on specially designed Web sites (see: "Cracks In The Wall"). The Falun Gong claim 7 million Communist Party members have renounced their allegiances due to the Nine Commentaries campaign.


Posted by Orrin Judd at February 13, 2006 1:24 PM
Comments

You would think the idea that the Beijing can send people into U.S. cities to take care of their opponents would get a bit of media attention, given the fears about foreign groups being able to organize and stage attacks within the country. But like the Chinese campaign contribution scandals during the Clinton years, I don't expect this to get major attention from the big media outlets.

Posted by: John at February 13, 2006 3:43 PM

The media is on the side of the ChiComs. Rational secular socialists stick together, you know.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 13, 2006 5:17 PM

It made the front page of the local Gwinnett Daily Post but the Atlanta Journal Constitution must have buried it if they reported it at all. I don't remember any mention of it.

Posted by: BrianOfAtlanta at February 13, 2006 5:43 PM

Old Media – one more group for whom the ChiComs are the most popular organization in China.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 13, 2006 9:58 PM
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