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Family of Miss World Canada, a Falun Gong Rights Advocate, Threatened by Chinese Authorities

A family seeks normalcy in New York City after enduring a decade of extraordinary persecution in China

By Charlotte Cuthbertson, Epoch Times

May 31, 2015 | 06:34 pm

Anastasia Lin, the newly crowned Miss World Canada, says her father has been threatened by Chinese authorities.

Anastasia Lin, the newly crowned Miss World Canada, says her father has been threatened by Chinese authorities.

NEW YORK - The family of Ms. Anastasia Lin, the newly crowned Miss World Cana - da and avid campaigner for human rights in China, was recently harassed and threatened by Chinese security.


Lin, a University of Toronto student and budding actress, was crowned Miss World Canada on May 16, and initially her father was receiving upwards of 100 messages a day congratulating him on his daughter’s pag - eant win. However, days later, Lin received a phone call from her father, who said he had been visited by Chinese security forces at his home in their native Hunan province, and that he had a message to pass along: Lin would have to stop speaking out for perse - cuted Falun Gong practitioners, or her fami - ly in China would be further harassed.


Threats by China’s security apparatus against individuals in China and abroad who speak out against human rights abuses are common.


Lin, who is a Canadian citizen, says she will not be bowing to the Chinese regime’s de - mands to stay silent on China’s treatment of Falun Gong practitioners.

“We applaud not only Anastasia’s work in publicizing the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China, but also her resilience in what must be an unsettling time for her and her family,” says Falun Dafa Information Center spokesperson Mr. Erping Zhang. “China’s belligerence in trying to hush activists who are trying to shine a light on China’s horrific human rights record can only backfire and generate further condemnation from the international community.”

“We applaud not only Anastasia’s work in publicizing the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China, but also her resilience in what must be an unsettling time for her and her family,” says Falun Dafa Information Center spokesperson Mr. Erping Zhang. “China’s belligerence in trying to hush activists who are trying to shine a light on China’s horrific human rights record can only backfire and generate further condemnation from the international community.”

“We applaud not only Anastasia’s work in publicizing the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China, but also her resilience in what must be an unsettling time for her and her family,” says Falun Dafa Information Center spokesperson Mr. Erping Zhang. “China’s belligerence in trying to hush activists who are trying to shine a light on China’s horrific human rights record can only backfire and generate further condemnation from the international community.”

“We applaud not only Anastasia’s work in publicizing the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China, but also her resilience in what must be an unsettling time for her and her family,” says Falun Dafa Information Center spokesperson Mr. Erping Zhang. “China’s belligerence in trying to hush activists who are trying to shine a light on China’s horrific human rights record can only backfire and generate further condemnation from the international community.”

“We applaud not only Anastasia’s work in publicizing the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China, but also her resilience in what must be an unsettling time for her and her family,” says Falun Dafa Information Center spokesperson Mr. Erping Zhang. “China’s belligerence in trying to hush activists who are trying to shine a light on China’s horrific human rights record can only backfire and generate further condemnation from the international community.”