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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Human shield stops deportation

Mr An is right to be fearful about becoming an unwilling organ donor if sent back to China. Let's hope they will not secretly deport him during the night.

Sydney Morning Herald: Feb. 28, 2007 - A Chinese man who was due to be deported today has apparently won a reprieve after a stand-off between guards and detainees at Villawood detention centre, a refugee advocate says.

Falun Gong practitioner Xiang Tao An, who fears he will be forced to become part of a live-organ trade, was set to be deported to China on an Air China flight from Sydney today.

Mr An, 35, believes that his religion means he will be incarcerated on arrival in China. He says he has been detained twice by Chinese authorities in the past and claims he was beaten.

Earlier this morning about 50 detainees massed around Mr An in the centre's recreation room to stop guards from putting him on the flight. (read more)

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