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Icelandic Incident

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Published on 6/12/2002
Published on 6/14/2002 Due to the Jiang regime’s pressure on the Icelandic government, the Icelandic police detained 70 Falun Gong practitioners in a school in the morning of June 10, 2002. They were released and allowed to enter the country in the evening of the same day.

This news drew strong reactions from the public, the media and various social groups after it became known to the kind Icelandic people. In the pictures above, some warm-hearted Icelandic people protested in front of the Prime Minister’s Office on June 12. They sealed their mouths with strips of black cloth, protesting against the restriction on the freedom of speech.
Published on 6/14/2002
Published on 6/14/2002
Published on 6/14/2002 On June 13, 2002, IcelandAir refused to allow 34 Falun Gong practitioners from the US, Canada, France, Australia and other countries to board its flights in Paris.Falun Gong practitioners from various countries being forced to stay in Paris International Airport hold hunger strike to protest the Jiang regime’s manipulation of the Icelandic government to prevent Falun Gong practitioners from entering Iceland
Published on 6/15/2002
Published on 6/15/2002
Published on 6/16/2002 Icelanders seal their mouths with strips of black cloth to protest against the Icelandic government’s ban on Falun Gong practitioners from entering the country and the corresponding restriction on the freedom of speech in June 2002 during Jiang’s visiting to Iceland.
Published on 6/16/2002 During Jiang’s visiting to Iceland in June 2002, Jiang’s regime pressured Icelandic government to ban practitioners’ entry.
Published on 6/17/2002 On June 14 when Jiang visited Iceland, nearly 3000 (originally scheduled to be 1000) locals held a large-scale demonstration to protest Jiang’s violating the human rights of Falun Gong practitioners. The turnout was quite significant considering the limited population of Reykjavik. The protestors held banners and sealed their mouths with strips of black cloth to protest the unfair treatment of Falun Gong practitioners. 

Jiang experienced in Iceland an outcry against his brutality from people all over the world. Because of the large-scale demonstrations, Jiang left Iceland one day ahead of schedule.
Published on 6/19/2002 After bringing forth the kind-hearted Icelandic people’s support of Falun Dafa, Jiang fled amidst public condemnation at 9:00 a.m. on June 16, 2002.

On the evening of June 15, Dafa practitioners obtained a permit to display banners beside the road that Jiang had to pass by on his way to the airport.
Published on 6/22/2002 From a little past 6:00 a.m. on June 11, 2002 in Iceland, 26 Dafa practitioners from North America were unreasonably detained by Icelandic customs for 18 hours. During this period of time, the practitioners continuously cultivated themselves and sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate evil factors in other dimensions. They were released later. 

The Icelandic people voluntarily coming to support us learn the exercises, following the practitioners in good order. Police are relieved. They trust us very much.
Published on 7/27/2002
Published on 10/15/2002
Published on 6/15/2003 (June 11, 2003, Reykjavik) It has been a year since the Icelandic government barred the entry of Falun Gong practitioners into Iceland, marking the darkest days in Iceland’s democratic history. This unjust action was most unfortunate, yet it is even more disheartening that it has not been corrected after one year, a year in which Falun Gong practitioners made numerous efforts to communicate with Icelandic authorities to uphold principles and request the restoration of justice. Iceland Dialogue Committee (FIDC) filed a complaint to The Parliamentary Ombudsman concerning the Icelandic authorities’ unjust actions towards Falun Gong practitioners to bar their entry to Iceland before and during the visit of former head of China Jiang Zemin to Iceland in June 2002.
Published on 11/18/2004