HK Groups Call for Release of Mainland Dissidents for Family Reunion
With the approaching Chinese New Year, four HK civil groups
including Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic
Democratic Movements in China and Amnesty International
Hong Kong held a “New Year Family Reunion” event
downtown on Feb. 7 and 8.
These groups call on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
to release dissidents and allow them to reunite
with their families.
In the meantime, they call for the release of mainland rights
activists who were detained for advocating
the umbrella movement.
Signatures and donations from many HK residents were also
collected during the event to support those imprisoned
prisoners of conscience.
The CCP Seizes Toilet Paper Ridiculing Leung Chun-ying
On Feb. 6, the CCP seized 7,600 rolls of toilet paper
and 20,000 packs of tissue paper printed with various images
of HK chief executive Leung Chun-ying, the Chinese
character “liar” or the CCP emblem.
A member of the HK Democratic Party said they had planned
to sell the confiscated items at a Chinese New Year fair
The move is to raise funds for movements seeking
general election, said the source.
An AFP report quoted Democratic Party chief executive
Lam Cheuk-ting, who said the products are just a joke
and do not endanger so-called national security.
“I think the CCP government just wants to suppress
all different opinions." said Lam.
Gao Yaojie Wins Conscience Award for Efforts in Revealing Truth About HIV In China
Gao Yaojie, the prestigious Chinese gynecologist
and AIDS activist, received the 2014 Liu Binyan Conscience
Award on Feb. 7 in New York.
The awards committee said Gao was awarded for
“holding one’s conscience, compassionately feeling
others with humanitarianism and maternal love".
In her award-winning speech, Gao stressed again that HIV
in China is mainly transmitted through blood donations
and transfusions, rather than sexual contact;
However, the CCP is still attempting to completely
conceal the truth.
Gao quoted statistics from Prof. Gui Xien at Wuhan
University, which shows the HIV infection rate is as high
as 60 percent for farmers in blood donation,
while the rate is less than 10 percent for any wife or husband
who lives with their infected spouse for five to 10 years.
Gao Yaojie, who is already 88, left China for the U.S.
in 2009 to protect China’s HIV data.
She has lived in Manhattan, New York since 2010.
Thousands of Henan Workers Strike For Higher Wages
On Feb. 7, thousands of workers of Wuyang Iron
and Steel in Pingdengshan City, Henan Province,
went on strike against low salary and demanded
a salary increase.
According to an Epoch Times report, workers blocked the
road in protest after failed negotiation with the company.
A large group of police were dispatched to the site.
Conflicts and injuries to workers were also reported.