Aug 05 2007

The long arm of Beijing in Canada

A Falun Gong protester gets shot at and beaten up by three attackers outside of a a foreign embassy. Not exactly surprising stuff, except that the building was the Chinese consulate in Vancouver.

Falun Gong protesters have held a permanent vigil to protest human rights violations against their group outside the embassy for six years. Despite objections from Mayor Sam Sullivan over a year ago, the protest still stands. Has the Chinese government’s patience finally been exhausted?

If not, what other explanation could there be? It’s not like the victim was strutting down Granville Street around midnight, gawking at the testosterone and alcohol-fueled goons who have taken over our entertainment district.

One niggling question is why the mainstream media hasn’t picked up on this incident yet. It has been four days since the assault.

The Epoch Times’ editorial line is unabashedly anti-Communist China and pro-Falun Gong, so one has to read even their straight-up news articles like the one reporting this incident with a skeptical eye. But why isn’t the Vancouver Sun, the Province or even the Georgia Straight reporting an assault outside a foreign embassy involving a gun?

Just asking.

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “The long arm of Beijing in Canada”

  1. on 05 Aug 2007 at 8:02 pm

    The biggest reason the MSM have not picked it up is that it is simply not newsworthy. (It cannot be blamed BusHarper, that is.)

  2. on 06 Aug 2007 at 4:19 am

    Is there any way you could make there be fewer posts per page? I’m enjoying your blog, but it takes a while to load and slows down my computer.

    I know it seems weird to change for one complaint, but I’m sure there are others who feel the same but just haven’t commented. =)

  3. on 07 Aug 2007 at 3:10 am

    “Is there any way you could make there be fewer posts per page? I’m enjoying your blog, but it takes a while to load and slows down my computer.”

    I have noticed the slowness as well, but it is a recent phenomenon, occurring ever since Youtube did an overhaul of its operating system. I don’t believe it is connected with the number of posts I have (which currently nicely balances out my main content with my sidebar).

    Since I often post Youtube videos to accompany my posts and competing video sites don’t always carry the ones I’m looking for, I’m afraid there’s not much I can do… since I’d prefer to leave in the videos.

    I do appreciate the feedback, though. Hopefully, the techs at Youtube will resolve this issue.

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