East Turkestan: In Vienna Chinese Premier Meets Unified Calls for Rights
During a two-day state visit to Austria, Chinese Premier Hu Jintao was met by protestors, highlighting the plethora of human rights abuses in China.
Below is an article published by NTD News:
The visit, punctuated by human rights protests, comes as European leaders appeal to China to invest in European government bonds and the debt-stricken region’s financial stability fund.
After Monday’s [31 October 2011] political talks in Vienna, Hu and his wife spent Tuesday sightseeing in the city of Salzburg.
During the visit, the Chinese leader’s 160-member entourage ran into various human rights protests.
Tseten Zöchbauer, Founder, Austrian Tibet Association:
“We are speaking for our people, who have no right to speak and when they say what they think they risk their lives. And today is really special because since yesterday Hu Jintao, the President of China, is a guest of honor in Austria and that is something unacceptable.”
Also protesting were supporters of Falun Gong, a spiritual group the Chinese regime has been persecuting since 1999.
Yong Wang, Chairman Falun Dafa Association of Austria:
“It’s a great concern of ours that Austrian politicians -- especially the Austrian President Heinz Fischer and of course every Austrian politician -- that they don’t forget about the Falun Gong practitioners in China, how they suffer, how the people in China suffer and that they step forward to really campaign to stop the persecution in China immediately.”
A group of Uyghur protesters were also there, demanding fair treatment for Uyghur minorities.
Askar Chan, Vice President, World Uyghur Congress:
“Economic trade should be predicated on human rights and in their meetings they should openly talk about this. Human rights and the dignity of man should always be in the foreground.”
Hu’s visit to Austria is the first by a General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in 12 years and comes as Beijing and Vienna celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties.