Falun Gong Takeover of McPherson Square

If you are downtown today, you might wanna check out the massive Falun Gongregation happening in McPherson Square.

Not content with the small ongoing protest in front of the Chinese Embassy on Connecticut Avenue, or last week’s better location of Farragut Park, they’ve now massing for a serious protest – going for numbers as well as location.

I’m going with a completely unscientific 1,000+ Falun Gong Dafa’ers, and based on the backpacks, food, water, and organization, they’re ready for a day-long occupation.

Oh and they’re also shifted tactics. No longer content with the usual “Oh we’re persecuted” line, or last week’s organ harvesting upgrade, now they’re going all out politically too. Chants of “Down with the CCP!”, calling for an end of the Chinese Communist Party is a sign they’ve given up thinking they’ll get anywhere with the current government. Now the Dafaists are for all-out regime change.

Good luck with that, kids. Just be sure to pick up your trash as you leave, or I’ll be calling you out for trashing the park too.

4 Comments so far

  1. Seen_it_all (unregistered) on April 19th, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    Not only is it a protest and the harvesting of human organs but they brought a marching band. Wow! Imagine listening to that with interludes of “butchering up people to get their kidney” as you munch on your lunch! I’ll have another beer with that.

  2. phoenix (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 9:38 am

    Wow, bitter much? :p

    Seriously though, given that there’s a protest or rally every other DAY downtown, what makes this one special, or different, or worthy of such disdain?

    Or maybe it’s just the irony that this particular organization is staging a “takeover?”

  3. bobby fletcher (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 2:17 pm

    US government announced finding of its investigation – no evidence of concentration camp:


    “Officers and staff from our embassy in Beijing and consulate in Shenyang have visited the area and the specific site mentioned in these reports on two separate occasions,” McCormack said.

    “In these visits the officers were allowed to tour the entire facility and grounds and found no evidence that the site is being used for any function other than as a normal public hospital.”

  4. Don (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

    You can color me skeptical when it comes to any statements from our government about China’s human rights abuses. That’s not a swipe at the current administration – we’ve been playing footsie with them for the entirety of my lifetime.

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