Miss World Canada contestant stopped from entering China for pageant

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Actress crowned Miss World Canada barred from entering China after human rights criticisms.

An actress who was crowned Miss World Canada has been barred from entering China after she spoke out about rights abuses in the country, it has been claimed.

She released a prepared statement on Thursday morning after she wasn’t allowed to board a plane from Hong Kong to Sanya, China, host city of the 2015 Miss World competition. “The Chinese government has barred me from the competition for political reasons. Chinese-born Anastacia Lin had travelled to Hong Kong but was prevented from boarding a connecting flight to Sanya in the southern Chinese island of Hainan, friend Caylan Ford told Associated Press.

Lin is an outspoken critic of Chinese religious policy and a follower of the Falun Gong meditation practice, which was outlawed by China’s ruling Communist Party in 1999. Twenty-five-year-old Ms Lin, who lives in Toronto, had failed to obtain a visa ahead of her arrival in Asia, but had hoped to enter mainland China on a landing visa, reports said. Dressed in black leggings and a belted tan trench coat, Lin was approached by several fellow travelers in the Hong Kong airport arrival hall who wanted to take her photo.

Lin, who moved to Canada from China when she was 13, told a US congressional hearing in July that tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed so their organs could be harvested and sold for transplants. The 25-year-old actress also plays an imprisoned Falun Gong practitioner in an upcoming Canadian movie, “The Bleeding Edge.” Lin said that after she won the Canadian title, Chinese security agents visited her father who still lives in China in an apparent attempt to intimidate her into silence. When I was a child growing up in China, my job as a student council president involved enforcing ideological purity among my classmates, organizing them to watch Communist propaganda. After landing in Hong Kong early Thursday on a flight from Toronto, Lin was told by airline staff at check-in that she needed to speak to an official in Hainan’s provincial capital of Sanya. After telling her she wasn’t eligible for a visa, the man refused to give a reason then abruptly hung up the phone, she said. “To prevent me from even stepping into Chinese territory, I think this is what they’re trying to do.

I really don’t see where this insecurity comes from,” Lin told The Associated Press. “I think that’s the real harm when people watch this and learn a negative lesson.

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