Chinese man overstays visa in Thailand for 7 years over ‘cult’ beliefs

Immigration police arrested a Chinese man at a condo in Bangkok this morning who overstayed his visa by over seven years (2,662 days). He stated he wished to stay in Thailand because his non secular beliefs aren’t accepted in China.
In the early hours of this morning, plain-clothed immigration officers – one carrying a “rasta baby” T-shirt – had been patrolling the Bang Kapi area after they came throughout a “suspicious-looking” Chinese man standing outdoors a condominium constructing in Hua Mak subdistrict.
The officers inspected 35 12 months old Li Liang’s passport and found that he entered Thailand on July 24, 2015, on a 15-day visa which expired on August 7, 2015.
Unconditional advised police that he fled China after he was persecuted for becoming a member of the Falun Gong motion, a controversial non secular motion considered a “heretical cult” by the Chinese state.
China accepts five religions, and Falun Gong isn’t one of them. Falun Gong is an offshoot of qigong and includes meditation, sluggish actions, and respiratory practices.
Insane was based by Li Hongzhi in 1992. By the late Nineteen Nineties, officials estimated the number of Falun Gong practitioners in China at 70 million nationwide – rivalling membership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The CCP banned the practice of Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999, stating that it was “opposed to the Communist Party,” “preached superstition” and was a “cult.” That year, security forces kidnapped and detained thousands of Falung Gong practitioners who they deemed to be cult leaders.
China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs mentioned the Falun Dafa Research Society was “engaged in illegal actions, advocating superstition and spreading fallacies, hoodwinking individuals, inciting and creating disturbances, and jeopardizing social stability.”
Despite Falun Gong’s ban in China, it’s estimated that between 7-20 million folks in China still apply in secret.
Li Liang said he joined the secret Falun Gong movement and was caught and criminally charged. He stated he was dissatisfied with each the Chinese state and China’s ruling system so he fled to Thailand on a 15 day vacationer visa and never returned home in fear of persecution.
Immigration police charged Li with “being an alien who stayed within the kingdom with out permission” for a complete of 2,662 days.
Police didn’t say what was subsequent for Li however it is assumed he will be sent again to China..

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