Sydney, Australia: Falun Dafa Band a Highlight at Granny Smith Festival

October 21, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Mu Wenqing

( Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the 31st annual Granny Smith Festival in Sydney’s suburb of Ryde on October 15, 2016. Drawing more than 90,000 spectators, it’s is the largest annual event of its type. Practitioners have participated in this festival since 2000.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), a state-owned national public broadcaster, has listed the Falun Dafa waist drum team on its web page to promote the community festival.

The Tian Guo Marching Band, waist drum team, and a float with practitioners demonstrating the exercises were once again a highlight of the program.

Tian Guo Marching Band

Spectators wave to practitioners on the float.

Jane Stott, deputy mayor of Ryde, said, “This band is unique. From their uniforms to their music, everything is excellent.” On the city’s web page, a picture of the band’s performance was used to publicize this event.

Jane Stott (deputy mayor of Ryde, fourth from left in the front row), John Alexander (Member of the Australian Parliament, first from left in the front row) and many government officials who came to the event had high praise for the Falun Dafa group.

Melody, who has been attending the parade for 10 years, said of the Tian Guo band, “The colors are great and the music is wonderful.This is the best thing I have ever seen.”

Melody (right).

John Alexander, Member of the Australian Parliament, agreed. He has received requests from practitioners urging the Australian government to take action to stop the ongoing suppression of Falun Gong in China. He said it is a severe human rights violation and what the Australian government has done so far is not enough.

Lisa Clarke from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation International wrote an article on this event, which included photos of the Tian Guo Marching Band, waist drum team, and the float. The report was carried by several other news media outlets, including Republika, a national daily newspaper in Indonesia.

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Category: Other Community Events

Signature Drive to End the Persecution of Falun Gong in China is Held in Germany’s Black Forest

October 19, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Germany

( Falun Gong practitioners held a signature drive on October 15, 2016 in Villingen-Schwenningen, a German city in the Black Forest. The signature drive petition called for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

This old town has less than 100,000 population, but attracts 80,000 visitors annually, and many tourist groups from China have also flocked here in recent years, as it retains the historical attractions and cultural heritage of the medieval Austrian lordship.

A judge (right) signs the petition.

Two tourists from another country sign petition.

A police officer listens to a practitioner talk about Falun Gong and the persecution.

Police Officer: You’re Doing a Good Deed!

A police officer on duty came to the practitioners’ booth and said that she had expected it to be noisy because the permit was for a protest: protesting the persecution of Falun Gong in China. She didn’t expect that a protest would be so quiet. The exercise music was gentle and soothing, and discussions between Falun Gong practitioners and passersby were in low voices. People passing by to sign the petition showing support were in a continuous stream.

Encountering such a peaceful protest was a surprise for the police officer. She said she had never seen such a peaceful protest before.

She said it’s right that practitioners tell people about the forced organ harvesting atrocities in China. “You’re doing a good deed!” she said.

A Swiss Couple Shocked by Forced Organ Harvesting Atrocities in China

A couple from Switzerland learned about Falun Gong for the first time. They were outraged and signed the petition after they learned about the state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China.

The wife was shocked to learn that more than one million Falun Gong practitioners may have been killed for their organs by the Chinese Communist regime, according to the investigative results by a few independent investigators.

The husband said that if it is true, the Chinese Communist regime is the world’s top terrorist organization.

Local residents learn the facts and sign the petition

Local Residents: The Whole World Should Work Together to Stop Organ Harvesting

A local resident in his 60s said that people’s morality has slid down sharply nowadays, and their minds focus only on making money. “Such things as killing people and selling their organs for profit should not happen. The world is really finished if people have no morals.”

He also said that governments should stand up and say “No” to the forced organ harvesting atrocities. The whole world should work together to stop it.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Turkey: Practitioners Introduce Falun Dafa in Izmir

October 19, 2016 | By a practitioner in Turkey

( Practitioners held a public event to introduce the practice of Falun Dafa in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, on October 8, 2016.

A presentation on Falun Dafa was followed by a demonstration of the exercises.

The event attracted a great deal of interest, and the room was filled to capacity.

Feedback from the participants was very positive. Some of the participants said that they felt the strong energy of the exercise movements right away.

Practitioners doing the exercises with the participants.

The event was held in the Pozitif Manevra Psychological Consultancy and Coaching Center, and was covered by one of the largest and most popular newspapers in İzmir- Hurriyet Ege. Some of the participants said they came because of the notice in the newspaper.

One of those in attendance, Nilgun Kocabas, said that the day before the event, she had been thinking that she needed a meditation system to follow, and the next day she found out about Falun Dafa.

After trying the exercises, she said that she felt very good and she thanked the volunteer instructors. She said that she planned to start reading the teachings and continue doing the exercises.

After the event, the presenters and the participants made arrangements to get together bi-weekly to do the exercises in one of the famous squares in town—İzmir-Gundogdu Square.

Category: Other Community Events

People Know that Falun Gong Practitioners Are Good People

October 18, 2016 | By Yang Li, a Falun Gong practitioner in U.S.

( I have been practicing Falun Gong for over 20 years and would like to share how Master has given me a new life. I’d also like to tell a few stories that happened in China before I came to the United States.

Master Saved My Life

I am 69 this year and full of energy. Those who know my age say that I look very young and ask me how I maintain my appearance. I tell them that this is all because of Falun Gong.

Before I started practicing Falun Gong, I suffered from many illnesses: hepatitis A and B, arthritis, high blood pressure, to name a few. I was hospitalized frequently.

To make things worse, I was a workaholic and went on a lot of business trips. I would fall sick each time I finished a project.

In September 1990, I fainted at work after vomiting blood. I was diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer and had to undergo surgery immediately.

The doctor informed my family that I only had another two years to live. After the operation, I did not step out of my house for two years, as I was often sick and my face and legs were swollen and heavy.

In the spring of 1994, my right elbow was in pain and I went in for another operation. A few days later, my elbow became even more painful. After an x-ray, the doctor suspected that the cancer had spread to my bones.

A year later after an examination, the doctor said that it became a nasopharynx cancer and told my family that I may only live for another three months.

I was only in my forties at that time. The illnesses brought pain to myself and my family. My family tried searching everywhere for a cure.

In November 1995, someone gave my husband a book titled “Falun Gong”. I felt that this book was very good when I read it, and I knew that I had to take up the practice.

It was winter at that time and I was a critically ill patient. I could not go to the practice site that was near my home. I was told by the coordinator to learn the practice by following the book first, until the weather turned warmer and I could go to the practice site.

Amazingly, all my illnesses disappeared when I read the book and practiced the exercises at home. I could go to the practice site by April of 1996. Half a year later, I could travel everywhere by myself.

After I became healthy, I spent most of my time reading the book, practicing the exercises and spreading the practice to others. My heart was filled with joy, and I felt very happy.

Falun Gong also taught me to be a better person and treat others kindly. I also understood the meaning of life.

Let me share three stories that happened after I took up Falun Gong and how I followed the teachings to be a good person.

Neighbor Living on the Third Floor Is No Longer Arrogant

My husband and I live in company housing. The building has three floors and I lived on the second floor, and the daughter-in-law of the company’s general manager happened to live on the third. She often behaved arrogantly.

A few months after I took up Falun Gong, I put my blanket out on the balcony to dry, as it was a sunny day. Moments later, one of my relatives came to my house. She went out to take a look at my balcony.

“Come quickly! Your blanket is drenched!” she said.

I ran over and saw that a quarter of my blanket was wet. I looked up and saw that the third floor neighbor had put her laundry out and the clothes was dripping water. I quickly took my blanket in.

My relative asked me, “Who is living upstairs? How could she do this to you?’

I shouted upwards, telling the neighbor that her clothes are dripping water. Nobody answered.

I remained calm and told my relative that I was a Falun Gong practitioner now. This matter was trying to elevate my xinxing. I’d put my blanket out again after her clothes stopped dripping water.

Later, the woman staying on the first floor started swearing because her clothes were wet. At this moment, the woman on the third floor came out and the two of them quarreled.

I tried to intervene by offering to dry the third floor woman’s clothes in my dryer. She refused my offer and even said that we deserved it for staying below her.

After that, whenever I wanted to put my clothes out on the balcony, I’d always be on the lookout.

In addition to the wet laundry, she would also throw trash out of her window and some of the trash would be blown into my room. But I’d just pick it up and throw it away.

One day, her pillowcase was blown to my balcony. I washed it, dried it and put it back on the rack in front of her house. After a period of time, her son’s expensive running shoes were blown onto my balcony. I cleaned them and returned them to her.

She said, “I thought this pair of shoes was gone. I didn’t expect you to be so kind to wash them and return them to me. Thank you very much.”

I said, “It is fate that we can be neighbors. We should treasure it.”

“I know that you practice Falun Gong. You are too kind,” she said.

She no longer dried her clothes on the balcony after that.

A Saint

In 1987, at my previous workplace, there was a review of our job titles. According to my education qualifications, I could have been promoted to an assistant professor.

As there were too many people with the same qualifications as me, I opted for a senior lecturer position. Many people felt bad for me.

Eleven years later, in May of 1998, my supervisor gave me a call and asked me to prepare my materials to apply for an assistant professor position. The leaders felt that this position should be given to me.

When I went to the office to submit my application, I learned that another colleague of mine wanted this position and had kicked up a fuss a few times in the workplace. When I heard this, I took back my application and went home.

My supervisor called me again.

“What are you afraid of?” he asked. “How could this person compare with you? We have always thought that this position should belong to you. How could you give it up?”

I thanked him and told him that I won’t fight with others over this, as I practice Falun Gong.

Everyone in my workplace knew that my illnesses were cured by Falun Gong. During the meeting that year, I came late and the meeting room was filled with people. When I went inside, everyone started clapping. I was stunned and did not know who they were welcoming.

A male colleague stood up, pointed at me and shouted, “Our resident saint is here! She gave up a assistant professor position willing. Would else would be able to do that?”

Many colleagues stood up and offered me their seats. Two female colleagues pulled me over to their seats. I was feeling embarrassed from this heartwarming scene. During the meeting, the leaders and colleagues occasionally praised me for my action.

Later, that female colleague who wanted the assistant professor position visited me to thank me.

“I know that at that time, many people nominated you for the position,” she said. “If you hadn’t taken the application back, I would never have gotten this position. I’m really thankful! Only those who practice Falun Gong are able to do this.”

After Falun Gong was persecuted in China, the 610 Office told my workplace to monitor my movements. However, no one did anything to me.

There Are Only Those that Come to Ask for Money. Never Has Anyone Come to Return Money to Me

Once, I went to the market to buy duck gizzards. Upon reaching home, I felt that the amount of gizzard that I bought seemed incorrect. I took out the scale, and as it turns out, the gizzard weighed more than what I paid for.

The next day, I went to the market to pay for the extra gizzard.

I saw the owner and said, “I bought this gizzard from you yesterday. You miscounted.”

That man interrupted me before I could finish my words.

“Counted wrong? You bought it yesterday, but now you are here a day later. I’m not going to put up with this!”

His shouting attracted many people.

I remained calm and said, “You miscounted and I paid less than I should have. I’m here to pay you back.”

The man was stunned. The onlookers were absolutely shocked and remarked that they had never seen such a good person.

I said, “I practice Falun Gong. I can’t take advantage of others. You need to check the scale carefully next time, and not shout at people.”

The man thanked me profusely and said that people return to quarrel with him, accusing him of overcharging. No one had ever come back to return money to him. Now he knows that there are still good people in this world.

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Category: Journeys of Cultivation

Nine-Year-Old Boy and Grandmother Sue Jiang Zemin

October 17, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent

( Liang Jinfeng (nicknamed Xinxin) still remembers when his mother dropped him off at his grandma’s house one Friday afternoon when he was only three years old.

She told him that she would pick him up the next day. But it would be eight months before he saw his mother and father again, when they were being tried for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Xinxin’s life was forever changed that Friday afternoon. He is nine years old now and living with his grandmother outside of China.

Xinxin practicing the Falun Gong exercises

Daddy, Mommy, Open the Door!”

Xinxin’s mother dropped him off at his grandma’s house on August 20, 2010. When she didn’t come to get him for two days, he became anxious. The next morning, Xinxin and his grandmother took the two-hour trip to his parents’ home in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province.

They found a newly installed padlock on the front door, along with caution tape.

Xinxin thought that his parents were inside and kept calling, “Daddy, Mommy, open the door! I’m home!”

His grandmother knew something was wrong and tried to convince him to leave, but he kept banging on the door, yelling “I miss you, please open the door!”

Xinxin and his grandma went to the local police station and found out that his parents were arrested and their home was ransacked the night before.

After that, Xinxin cried almost every day and asked his grandmother to take him back to his home to look for his mom and dad. A once happy child became quiet, irritable and unsociable.

Assaulted by Preschool Teacher

Xinxin’s grandmother, Ms. Luo Jinfeng, did not have any income. In order to rescue her daughter and son-in-law, the elderly woman spent her days visiting the court house, police station, and Procuratorate office. She also tried to find lawyers who would take on her daughter’s case.

With all these things going on, she had no time to take care of Xinxin. So she sent him to preschool.

However, Xinxin was not happy at school. He cried every day.

“I miss my mom and dad very much,” he told the teacher. “I am afraid my mom and dad don’t want me anymore. I am afraid my grandmother doesn’t want me anymore.”

One time, the teacher became very irritated by Xinxin’s crying. He slapped Xinxin and scolded him loudly.

Another time, Xinxin didn’t do well during a competition. The teacher was angry and slapped him again. Xinxin still remembers that incident after many years.

“He hit me so hard!” he cried to his classmates. But his teacher had no sympathy.

“He is the son of an anti-revolutionary! He deserves it,” said the teacher to the other students.

Terrified of being beaten and scolded again, Xinxin stopped going to preschool after two months.

Mom and Dad Are Back, but Life Is Not Normal

Eight months after his parents’ arrest, Xinxin finally saw them at a court hearing on April 29, 2011. When he saw the handcuffs on his mother’s wrists, he tried to pry them open. He held on to his father’s leg and wouldn’t let him leave.

Xinxin’s mother was sentenced to two years in prison with three years of probation. She was released in April 2012.

However, things did not return to normal for Xinxin’s family after his mother’s release. Xinxin’s mother, Ms. Luo Xiaojuan, had been severely tortured at the detention center. Several times she’d passed out from forced-feedings and had to be sent to a hospital in critical condition.

For a long period of time after she returned home, she couldn’t remember where her home was or what she’d done a short while ago.

In order to make a living, Xinxin’s grandmother and mother decided to open a convenience store. But the store was robbed soon after it opened. Within a month, thieves had stolen cellphones, money and ID cards from Xinxin’s mother three times. Xinxin’s aunt was also robbed on the way home after work.

Unable to keep the store open, the family moved to Panyu District. But they soon found out that they were being monitored by the police. Their home was broken into several times.

The family moved seven or eight times to avoid harassment from local police. Xinxin could not stay at the same school either. Often, as soon as he got familiar with one school, his family would have to move.

In August 2013, Xinxin’s dad, Mr. Liang Dong, was released from prison after serving three years. He had high blood pressure and skin irritations. He had been severely traumatized and was afraid his loved ones would suffer as he had.

When he saw Xinxin’s grandmother practicing Falun Gong, he told her to stop and said, “You will be sent to jail!” or, “You will be shocked with electrical batons!” and, “You will lose your family!”

When he saw Xinxin reading a Falun Gong book, he slapped him and scolded, “You are not allowed to practice Falun Gong!”

Flight to Freedom

Xinxin cried and told his grandmother that he didn’t want to stay at this home anymore.

He said, “They [mom and dad] are not the only one being persecuted, I am too! I am scared! I’ve lost the mom and dad that I knew!”

With the consent from her daughter and son-in-law, Xinxin’s grandmother took him to a different country, where she and her grandson can freely practice Falun Gong without fear.

Xinxin’s drawing (the words on T-shirts read “Falun Dafa is good”)

In June 2015, Xinxin’s grandmother filed a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin, the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party, for the suffering her family has endured. Xinxin also signed his name on the document.


In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners over the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang’s directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

Related article:
Liang Dong and His Wife Luo Xiaojuan Unlawfully Sentenced, Subjected to Constant Monitoring in Guangdong

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

Two Shandong Women Remain Detained for Distributing Information about Falun Gong

October 16, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Shandong Province

( Three Yinan County residents were arrested on October 8 for distributing information about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Two of them had their blood forcibly drawn and homes ransacked. Both remain detained at the time of writing.

Ms. Meng Xianglan, Ms. Meng Xiangling, and Ms. Liu Xin were driving around and passing out Falun Gong materials in neighboring Mengyin County when they were spotted by plainclothes officers.

The police surrounded the three women and searched their car. A two-year-old boy in Ms. Liu’s care was so frightened that he couldn’t stop crying.

Ms. Meng Xianglan was slammed to the ground as she struggled to get away.

The police interrogated the three women separately and discovered that both Ms. Meng Xianglan and Ms. Meng Xiangling were once detained in labor camps for practicing Falun Gong. They moved quickly to ransack the two women’s homes and confiscated their valuables totaling more than 30,000 yuan. The confiscated items include computers, printers, cell phones, Falun Gong books and materials, as well as other personal belongings.

The police next forcibly drew their blood before transferring them to an unknown location.

Ms. Liu was released with the boy late that night.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Major Danish Newspaper Covers Chinese State-sanctioned Organ Harvesting Crimes

October 15, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Denmark

( Berlingske, one of the largest newspapers in Denmark, published two full-page articles on October 12, 2016, revealing the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China.

The articles were titled, “When political prisoners are killed to order” (Når politiske fanger bliver dræbt på bestilling) and “Members of religious movement used as organ storage” (Medlemmer af religiøs bevægelse bruges som organ-lager). The two articles were based on interviews with Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas during his trip to Denmark.

“Members of the religious movement used as organ storage” (Medlemmer af religiøs bevægelse bruges som organ-lager), published by Berlingske, a Danish newspaper with a 260-year history.

“When political prisoners are killed to order” (Når politiske fanger bliver dræbt på bestilling) published on the newspaper’s website.

The author of the articles, Mikkel Andersson, introduced in great detail the results of the 10-year long independent investigation on forced organ harvesting by David Matas and former Canadian diplomat David Kilgour. The articles also highlighted the new report, Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update, based on the collaborative investigation by Matas, Kilgour, and independent reporter Ethan Gutmann.

The first article focused on the scale and evidence of the state-sanctioned organ harvesting.

In the updated report, three investigators concluded that the Chinese government is carrying out the killing of prisoners of conscience, whose organs are sold at high prices to foreign patients as well as Chinese.

Remarkably Short Wait Times

The report lists a variety of evidence. One of the most striking is how quickly organ tourists can receive transplants in China.

David Matas told Mikkel Andersson, “We interviewed a lot of organ tourists, who were told [by the hospitals] that they could come whenever they liked. This means that there is no coordination with other patients.”

Andersson wrote, “The short wait is remarkable because organs have a very short shelf life after the donor is declared brain dead. A transplant will normally require a receiver to wait for someone to pass away in an accident or as a result of illness, which for good reason can not be predicted.”

Huge Difference Between the Numbers

“It’s hard to know exactly how many organs are available from dead prisoners of conscience, as authorities for obvious reasons do not publish this.”

The article says that China has a voluntary donor register, but according to Chinese authorities, only 1,400 donors registered in 2012 and 2013, while the official figure for transplants in China, according to CNN, is 10,000 annually.

Matas pointed out that the huge difference between the official figures and donors comes from the prisoners of conscience. “The prisoners are killed to order,” the article says.

Falun Gong Practitioners Have Become the Organ Storage Bank

The second article focuses on the largest groups of victims—Falun Gong practitioners.

The article says in the first paragraph, “In China there is a state-sanctioned and extremely widespread practice that turns doctors into executioners. Tens of thousands of people per year are killed for the purpose of organ transplantation, and the majority come from Falun Gong.”

The author briefly introduced Falun Gong as a traditional Chinese meditation practice, which was very, very popular before the persecution of the practice started in 1999.

During the persecution, many practitioners were arrested. Many of the detainees refuse to reveal their identities, for fear that their families will be held responsible by the government.

The article states, “This means that the authorities do not know who the detainees are, and that family and friends do not have the opportunity to know where they are detained.

“This means that these prisoners are particularly vulnerable, even by Chinese standards. The report concludes that a large number are killed to order when there is a need for transplantation organs, both for Chinese patients and organ tourists.”

Making the Crimes Illegal at a Global Level

Matas told the author of the articles that many organ recipients did not know where the organs came from.

“But when told, they were deeply shocked. My impression is that many of those I have spoken to would not have accepted the organ if they had known this,” Matas said.

Matas now works on criminalizing the transplantation of illegal organs at a global level.

At the end of the first article, Matas points out the important role that Denmark can play, “Denmark has a great voice when it comes to human rights. The main thing that the Danish government and parliamentarians can do is to persistently and publicly address this issue at the highest levels.”

Chinese version available

Category: Organ Harvesting