May 17th – When the tragedy of Sichuan earthquake saddens millions of people all around the globe, Falun Gong New York branch held a party in Flushing, NY this afternoon to celebrate the hit to China – Chinese people and government alike. Featured with balloons, music, speeches, and posters that read “Bad Karma for China”, the event was apparently intended to be joyful, but it quickly got frowned upon. Local residents doing weekend shopping were angered by the farce. They spontaneously gathered around the block and started protesting the event. “NYPD didn’t allow us (to gather) at first, because those (Falun Gong) scums had got an approved permit. But eventually they just let us get by. A cop even gave us a thumb up.”, a person witnessed the event said.
The Sichuan earthquake is the biggest natural disaster in 30 years in China, and has taken at least 29,000 lives. The final death toll is estimated at more than 50,000. Chinese people are deeply concerned by this disaster, while the government is making unprecedented effort to send relief force.
Falun Gong is a semi-religious group that got its principles from Buddhism and ancient Chinese qigong. Chinese government announced it a cult and banned it in 1999. Falun Gong has since headquartered in the U.S. and got financial support from the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, an extension fund of CIA. Third-party view found Falun Gong “includes rejection of science and promise of supernatural powers” and “a movement which does not accept criticism”.