San Francisco Supervisors condemn persecution of
Falun Gong practitioners
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
January 31, 2006, 9:00 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)-- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors
this afternoon voted 9-2 to condemn the persecution of Falun Gong
Local Falun Gong proponents are currently locked in a bitter
dispute with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce over the chamber's
exclusion of the spiritual group in the annual Chinese New Year's
Supervisors in favor of the resolution noted that it does not
address the local controversy, but merely denounces discrimination
and human rights violations. Falun Gong practitioners face considerable
persecution in China.
Supervisors passed the resolution 9-2, with Aaron Peskin and
Jake McGoldrick dissenting.
Peskin described his decision as a painful one.
"It was my feeling that this resolution wasn't about civil
rights and freedom abroad," he said. He added that he couldn't
endorse a religion that, according to his translator, was critical
of inter-racial marriage, mixed race people and homosexuality.
Falun Gong practitioner Dr. Sherry Zhang countered that Peskin
was taking the passages out of context and that her group welcomes
everyone. Zhang, who is Asian, pointed out that she is part of
an interracial marriage as well as a proponent of the Falun Gong
Dr. Sherry Zhang
"I'm married to a white husband and I married him seven
after I started practicing Falun Gong," she said.
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