<!–[CDATA[Lori Harel and David Tompkins | Tuidang Center
In March 9th, 2009 Hexiang Bian, a local business man, was walking along Main street Flushing, New York when he saw Huahong Li, a member of the Chinese Anti Cult World Alliance (CACWA) pointing towards him and screaming, ”It’s the head of Falun Gong”. He escaped into a bank but in 5 minutes there were 20-30 people waiting for him to come out of the bank.
The CACWA is an organization that was formed with the objective to eradicate Falun Gong. It was registered in 2008 after the Flushing mob violence, where the Chinese Consul General Peng Keyu organized a local Chinese mob to attack Falun Gong practitioners for several consecutive weeks starting May 17th.
Violence has continued on the streets periodically until now.
So, in 2009, when Bian walked out of the bank the mob waiting for him surrounded him and began to curse, beat, and spit at him. A man in a wheelchair named Zhirou Zhu grabbed his arm and the bag that Bian was carrying. Bian had a lot of cash in that bag. He struggled to free himself and his bag. He managed to escape from Zhu’s grip, when he heard the mob chanting, “Falun Gong is beating up a disabled person”. Zhu jumped out of his wheelchair, laid down on the ground, and grabbed Bian’s leg. Someone called the police, who arrived shortly afterwards.
In 2008 after the flushing mob violence John Liu, a local New York City elected official, met with Falun Gong practitioners at the Flushing library. They showed him footage of the violence and he responded that he did not see evidence of any crime having been committed.
Bian stood up at that meeting and accused Liu of having close ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
As a NYC local elected official, Liu had traveled to China and received two awards from the CCP on March 26, 2007. The first was for ‘Top Ten Most Influential Young People Worldwide’ and the second award was ‘The 2006 Most Influential Chinese Person Worldwide’. The event was broadcast by Phoenix television.
In a Chinese language television interview after the meeting at the Flushing Library, Bian said, “John Liu is an agent of the CCP in the United States. That is clear. You watch wether he will help Chinese people; he will not. Will he help Falun Gong victims? He will follow CCP policies even if they go against American values.”
Bian is not a Falun Gong practitioner. But after the media interview and the meeting at the flushing library Li and other CACWA members inferred that he was the head of Falun Gong in Flushing. That is why they attacked him.
Back in front of the bank, when the police arrived, CACWA members told them that Bian had attacked a disabled person. Bian, who did not speak English, could not communicate with the police so he was arrested. He was taken to court where, upon full examination of the facts, the judge dismissed the case against him.
In 2012 the Chinese Anti Cult Association (CACA), an organization that creates the propaganda to incite hatred against Falun Gong in China, published an article on its website, saying that Bian was a Falun Gong practitioner and that he had been arrested for attacking a disabled person. They did not mention that the case against Bian had been dismissed.
In an interview with Tuidang late last month, Bian said,“People always think it is freedom of speech or freedom of expression to allow the CACWA to set up tables on Main Street; but it’s a disgrace. It’s a shame for the U.S to allow the CACWA on Main Street. Its not freedom of speech; its against freedom of belief.”
“It is a hate campaign against Falun Gong practitioners”, he said.