Miss World Canada prevented from reaching China pageant

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Miss Canada denied entry to China for Miss World contest.

Hong Kong (Reuters) — Canadian beauty queen Anastasia Lin held a news conference at the Hong Kong airport on Friday (November 27), one day after she was stopped and denied permission to board a flight to the beauty pageant finals in China — a move she said was punishment for speaking out against human rights abuses in the country.HONG KONG (AP) — Canada’s outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year’s pageant and accused Beijing of overreach in extending its campaign of censorship even to beauty contests.

Lin, a 25-year-old Toronto actress who was crowned Miss World Canada in May, was unable to obtain a visa in advance of her arrival for the contest finals this week in Sanya, on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan. “After I landed in Hong Kong, I was told, I read on the news that I was declared persona non grata, which means I’m not welcomed to the country anymore. 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. Lin, who moved to Canada from China when she was 13, told a U.S. 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. Ask them whether they would also bar Olympic athletes from participating in the Winter Olympic Games just because they have different views that the Communist Party don’t agree with?

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.

Miss World pageant organizers said in an email they had no information as to why a visa was not granted to Lin, but said she may be offered a place in the 2016 Miss World contest.

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