"Recently, there's an overseas organisation called the Future China Forum, led by lawyer Guo Guoding and Professor Yuan Hongbing, and they cooperated with lawyer Gao, and drafted a future constitution for China.
I think, on this point, it's highly possible that the Chinese Communist Party charges lawyer Gao with colluding with overseas anti-China forces, and subverting the state, and the crime for subverting the state is very serious," he says. (more)
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Lawyer denounces China's tactics
by Richard Watts, Times Colonist
Guo dared to represent practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual meditative movement banned in China. Subsequently, his home was raided by more than 30 police officers and he found himself forbidden to practice law. In 2005, he fled the country and now lives in Canada as a refugee.
Now, the 46-year-old Christian (not a Falun Gong practitioner) is living in Victoria, learning English and hoping to practise law again. His wife remains in China and is divorcing him. His teenage daughter is in Victoria, but angry at her father because she thinks he broke up her family.
Guo uses his new Canadian freedom to accuse the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government of being rotten and corrupt. He was on the steps of the legislature Wednesday with a handful of others, mostly Canadian Falun Gong practitioners in a small demonstration.
Flanked by grisly pictures of what the demonstrators contended were victims of Chinese torture, they stressed the need to spread the word about atrocities they say are happening now in China.
Demonstrators pointed to a recent report out of Ottawa, charging that Chinese authorities are harvesting human organs from imprisoned Falun Gong members for sale overseas.
The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa has recently denied the allegation of Falun Gong organ harvests, saying organs are only harvested from legally executed prisoners with written consent.
At the demonstration, Guo said he has no doubt the Falun Gong members are being killed in prison to harvest their organs for sale. He described Falun Gong as something like Tai Chi exercises with the addition of spirituality. Guo said members have a sense of the universe and people's place in it. It's more of a spiritual philosophy than a religion.
Guo said he believes the Chinese government's harsh reaction was driven by the speed of the movement's spread. He recalls official Chinese reports documenting the spread from a single meeting of 50 people in 1992 to eventually 70 million people, including government members.
But in 1999, the Chinese government declared the movement illegal and began a crackdown. Guo believes it's just a symptom of a bigger problem in communist China. "Falun Gong is not the first victim and it won't be the last," said Guo.
He said he would like to see the Canadian government taking a firm stand to publicly condemn China for its human rights abuses, including its treatment of Falun Gong.
At the demonstration, Marie Beaulieu, a Falun Gong practitioner living in Victoria, said given how benign the meditative exercises are, she appreciates why people outside China can't understand what is happening. "This presentation does not make sense at all to us. We can't understand it in the West at all," said Beaulieu.