Chinese Consulate: No Passport Renewal If You Protest

Chinese Consulate: No Passport Renewal If You Protest

By Qiu Chen
Epoch Times Staff Created: May 29, 2011 Last  Updated: May 29, 2011

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Lu Qun, a Falun Gong practitioner, peacefully protesting in front of the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver Canada.

Lu Qun, a Falun Gong practitioner,  peacefully protesting in front of the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver Canada.  (The Epoch Times)

Every Wednesday morning, a lady peacefully  distributes informational pamphlets about Falun Gong to the pedestrians in front  of the Chinese Consulate’s Visa Office on West Broadway in Vancouver. Next to  her, a large poster displays the Chinese communist regime’s persecution. From  time to time, she answers their questions. This lady is Lu Qun from  Shanghai.

For the past 4 years, Lu has always been there, rain or shine.  But she never thought that the Chinese Consulate would threaten her when she  renewed her passport.

Her passport was due to expire on April 19. She was  told to pick up her new passport a month later when she applied on Feb. 9.  However, she was told again to wait for another month when she went to pick up  her passport on March 9.

Lu went to the Visa Office on April 6. Again,  she was told that her passport had not been processed yet and they didn’t know  the reason. The officer asked her to leave her phone number and promised to call  her that afternoon. But she never received any call.

Lu went to the Visa  Office before her passport expired. This time, she was told that she could only  renew her passport if she stopped protesting in front of the Chinese Consulate. “Use other ways to protest at other places, but not here. Otherwise, your  passport won’t be renewed,” said the officer.

Lu said she started  practicing Falun Gong in 1997 and has benefited both physically and mentally.  However, the Chinese communist regime started persecuting Falun Gong in July  1999. She and her family have suffered much since.

Lu was illegally  detained by the Shanghai Public Security Bureau for 2 weeks in March 2004. The  police took away all of her Falun Gong books. After she was released, the  neighborhood committee regularly visited her and threatened to send her to a  brainwashing center.

“It was a very difficult time for me,” said  Lu.

She never imagined that the Chinese Communist regime still attempts  to control the Chinese people through passports outside China. Lu said: “Only  the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) would attempt to use passports to control  people. In Canada, nobody would dare to deny your renewal if you protest against  the Conservative government.”

Lu still goes to protest in front of the  Visa Office every Wednesday.

In recent years, many overseas Chinese,  including dissidents and Falun Gong practitioners have had their passports  revoked, canceled or denied extension by the CCP’s embassies.

In 2005, Dr. Wang Wenyi, another Falun Gong  practitioner, applied to renew her passport twice at the Chinese Consulate in  New York on May 3 and 9, wanting to attend her father’s funeral in China.  However, her request was rejected.

“The Chinese authorities’ rejection of  my passport renewal seriously violated international human rights principles,” Wang says.

In March 2008, Wang Dan and other 15 exiled Chinese dissidents  issued an open letter calling on Beijing to restore, extend or renew their  passports according to law, and punish those officials who committed malfeasance  and carried out the denial of their civil rights.


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