By Joshua Philipp
|Jun 25, 2008
FLUSHING, New York City—After standing up for a Falun Gong practitioner in Flushing, Mao Yang told reporters that he was offered $90 by local thugs to do bad things against Falun Gong.
According to Sho Hua, an Epoch Times staff member and a Falun Gong practitioner, she was distributing newspapers on the corner of 41st and Main Street in Flushing, when a Chinese man approached her and began to shout and curse at her. Once the man started cursing at her, Mao Yang approached the man, saying, "If you want a paper then get one, if not, then don't shout at this woman."
According to Hua, the man got angry, shouted some more bad words, and left. Yang stood next to Hua, saying to her that if anyone shouts at her again that he will stand up for her. Yang later met with reporters for an interview on June 24.
Yang mentioned that just prior to the incident a man had stuffed $90 into his hand, saying, "You do something."
Yang said that he gave the money back, telling the man that he didn't want the money. "They wanted to give me $90 to do something bad," said Yang. "I told them that if they give me $90, I will buy myself some wine, but if you want me to do bad things, I won't."
"I told them not to do things like the Chinese Communist Party. They always have a bad mind, and I won't go along with them because I believe in religion."
The incident relates back to mob attacks initiated by pro-communist groups in Flushing around May 17. The attacks began shortly after CCP-controlled media broadcast false reports into China and Chinese communities, misleading people with unfounded reports that Falun Gong practitioners had been stopping funds from reaching the victims of the Sichuan earthquake.
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Evidence points to involvement by the Chinese Consulate in instigating and encouraging the ongoing incidents in Flushing.
Since May 17, the situation in Flushing has begun to change as more and more residents have come to understand the true picture and have started to speak up for Falun Gong practitioners in the area.