By Epoch Times
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina–A gang made up of members of local Chinese associations attacked Argentine practitioners of the Falun Dafa spiritual discipline (also known as Falun Gong) who were protesting on Friday, July 18, as the visit of Chinese leader Xi Jinping began. The protest was about the brutal persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China who are imprisoned, tortured, sent to labor camps, and have been victims of forced organ harvesting.
The attackers were believed to have been organized by the Chinese Embassy. Chinese embassies around the world typically gather local Chinese residents to greet visiting Chinese officials while crowding out protesters.
In a related incident on Saturday, the Chinese vice military attaché in Argentina was taken away by police after physically threatening the Falun Dafa practitioners and resisting police.
On Friday the Falun Dafa practitioners protested peacefully on the sidewalk opposite the Sheraton Hotel located in Retiro, where the Chinese leader Xi Jinping was staying. They were holding signs urging Xi to end the ongoing persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China.
Argentine practitioners gathered from early morning across the street with banners reading “Falun Dafa is good,” dressed in yellow shirts and jackets, and they informed passersby about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China. Many passersby expressed astonishment and indignation after hearing about the current persecution of millions of Falun Dafa practitioners in China for the past 15 years.