20,000 Toronto Residents Support Falun Gong’s Lawsuits against Jiang Zemin

February 27, 2016

(Minghui.org) A petition signed by 20,000 Toronto residents was sent to the Chinese Supreme Procuratorate on February 22, calling for an investigation into the crimes committed by former head of the Chinese Communist Party Jiang Zemin in the persecution of Falun Gong.

That same day, local Falun Gong practitioners held a demonstration at the intersection of St. George and Bloor Streets, close to the Chinese consulate, in support of the lawsuits being filed against Jiang. It was an opportunity to tell the public what role Jiang has played in the persecution.

Practitioners in Toronto have regularly held similar events since last October, and successfully collected 20,000 signatures of support.

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Practitioners’ banners in Toronto show support for the lawsuits against Jiang.

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Toronto residents sign the petition in support of Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance.

From May 2015 to today, 205,000 Falun Gong practitioners have filed 173,000 lawsuits against Jiang Zemin for launching and directing the persecution of Falun Gong in China. More and more people all over the world have joined the campaign to support their efforts. In Asia alone, more than a million people have signed the petition calling for Jiang to be brought to justice.

Margaret Dinsdale, a local writer in Toronto, talked to practitioners for a long time at the event on February 22. She had heard about the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, which shocked her a few years ago, and made her look for more information about Falun Gong and the persecution.

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Margaret Dinsdale, a writer in Toronto, believes that it is important for more people to be aware of the human rights violations taking place in China. “Persecution is definitely wrong and should be stopped immediately,” she said.

Ms. Dinsdale was glad to see the banners denouncing forced organ harvesting at the event.

“I am writing a book on this topic,” she said. “I want to draw the public’s attention to this. When more people know about it, they will take action to stop such a brutal crime.

“You know, when I first told my friends about forced organ harvesting, very few believed it. I’ve been collecting evidence so that the whole world will know it’s true.”

She wished practitioners the best of luck filing lawsuits against Jiang Zemin.

Seventy-year-old Pedro, a local artist, read all the banners at the event and said he knew about the persecution.

“The new Canadian government should not ignore this. We must, the whole world must, do something to end the persecution and help to bring Jiang Zemin to justice,” he said.

“The Chinese government wants Falun Gong practitioners’ organs, because they are healthy due to this practice.”

Pedro himself is learning the Falun Gong exercises.

“The government should promote such a good practice, instead of suppressing it,” he believes.

Pedro encouraged practitioners to hold more events like this, so that more people will be informed about the persecution.

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Gwen Macgregor, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, signed in support of Falun Gong’s lawsuits. “It is incredible that the Chinese government persecutes such a peaceful cultivation group,” she said.

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Stamistan Gulegsky, a student from Ukraine, said that the instigators of the persecution should be brought to justice.

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Growing Awareness of the Real Situation Behind the Persecution of Falun Gong

February 26, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner from Chongqing, China

(Minghui.org) Although Falun Gong is still banned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), more and more people believe that the practice is good and that the CCP was wrong to persecute people who have this belief.

Falun Gong practitioners expend a great deal of effort, despite the threat of being persecuted, to let Chinese people know about the practice. This is to help them see through the CCP’s lies and propaganda, to understand who is the real violator of Chinese laws and the constitution.

The CCP Is the Real Cult

Several of my college friends met for a reunion dinner recently. I sat next to a friend who I had not seen in years. He told me that he was the head of the local Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC).

The PLAC is a spy organization similar to the KGB of the former USSR. The CCP uses it as a tool to control the Chinese people. In order to carry out the persecution of Falun Gong, Jiang Zemin, the former head of the CCP, developed within the PLAC, the notorious 610 Office, whose sole purpose is to persecute Falun Gong.

When I learned that he was a head in the PLAC I was a bit shocked. I asked him why he accepted such a position. He told me that he had no choice, as he was assigned to the post by his superiors.

I looked in his eyes and said, “Please don’t persecute Falun Gong practitioners. It is a huge sin. You must quit the CCP and its affiliates. If you do, you will certainly have a better future! Please let me help you quit.”

He listened with great interest as I continued to talk to him about Falun Gong. In the end, he said, “When I was first assigned to this position I didn’t know much about Falun Gong, so I asked my staff to find out more about it. They later told me that Falun Gong is good and that the CCP is the real cult.’”

I was relieved that he had already learned the true nature of the CCP, and I helped him quit the Party.

Then Save Me! I Hate the CCP!”

I talked to an elderly lady on a bus one hot sunny day. I told her about Falun Gong and helped her quit the CCP. I had taken off my jacket and put it down on the seat next to me.

The lady thanked me and got off the bus at her stop. A man who had just gotten on the bus took her seat. I offered him a Shen Yun DVD, but he told me that he had already seen it. I couldn’t talk much as my stop was approaching.

I got off the bus, but then realized I had left my jacket behind. My cell phone and Falun Gong amulets were in the pocket. I was a little panicky, hailed a taxi, jumped in and soon caught up with the bus. I hopped on the bus to grab my jacket, but it was gone! Someone told me that the man who had sat next to me said that he knew me and took my jacket with him when he got off.

Feeling upset about losing my jacket I looked within and found my problem – carelessness. I went to the group Fa study as planned. I thought, if I can find the man who took my jacket I will help him understand the truth about Falun Gong.

When I arrived at Fa study a practitioner told me that someone had called them from my phone and told me where I can pick up my jacket. I was delighted and headed out to collect it.

The man waited for me with my jacket in his hand. He told me to make sure that nothing is missing. I was relieved, as everything was still there. I told him that he was a very good person.

“So are you,” he replied. “You look so kind and even offered me a Shen Yun DVD. I’ve lost things before so I know how anxious you might feel.”

I was very grateful and said, “Thank you so much. I think we were predestined to meet so I can talk to you about Falun Gong. By knowing the truth about Falun Gong you can be saved.”

He smiled, “Then save me! I hate the CCP.”

I spoke at length about Falun Gong and helped him quit the Party. I also told him that repeating “Falun Gong is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” will bring him blessings and a bright future.

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Shen Yun Presents Humanity’s Treasure in U.S. Capital

February 24, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Li Jingfei

(Minghui.org) Shen Yun returned to the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. for the tenth year on February 16-21. The masterful dance and music production attracted theatergoers from a variety of fields and backgrounds, selling out all three weekend shows.

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Shen Yun Performing Arts presented seven shows at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. between February 16 and 21

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Curtain call at the matinee performance on Sunday, February 21

Cardinal: Shen Yun “Touches Something Beautifully Spiritual in All of Us”

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Cardinal Donald Weurl, the sixth Archbishop of Washington

“This show was dramatic, dynamic, energetic and very creative,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the sixth Archbishop of Washington.

“I think we share something very, very much in common,” he shared. “That is the understanding that there is a spark of the divine in each one of us.”

“It touches something beautifully spiritual in all of us,” Cardinal Weurl added.

Former Special Counsel: Shen Yun Portrays Universal Values

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Burton Wides, attorney and former special counsel for President Jimmy Carter

“It’s such a beautiful show…the diverse spiritual traditions and ethnic traditions still survive,” said Burton Wides, an attorney and former special counsel for President Jimmy Carter. This was the fifth time he had seen the show.

Mr. Wides noted that Shen Yun presented values that are universal among all of humanity. “I believe the best values of humanity are the same for good people everywhere in terms of kindness, compassion, and truth,” Mr. Wides said.

Retired Judge: Chinese Culture “Very Much Alive in This Show”

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Retired judge Marcus Williams

Retired judge Marcus Williams has a special interest in Chinese culture. To him, Shen Yun “[satisfied] that on many levels.”

“It’s quite a spectacle to say the least,” Mr. Williams said. “The Chinese tradition and culture is very deep and rich, and very much alive in this show.”

Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy: “Peace, Hope, Happiness”

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B.J. Penn (left), former assistant secretary of the Navy, and professor Sen Nieh

B.J. Penn, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, was especially touched by the lyrics of songs performed by Shen Yun’s vocalists. To him, the lyrics provide “words for your heart” and “words to live by.”

Mr. Penn said the entire performance was very positive and “a good way for us to live our lives.” He was left with three words: “Peace, hope, happiness.”

“Granted there are mean people out there in the world, but we cannot let them get us down. We have to do the right things,” he shared.

Absolutely Special

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Nancy Steorts, former chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

“It was powerful. I was absolutely mesmerized,” said Nancy Steorts, a leading safety consultant and the former chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“It touched my heart and it touched my soul,” she said. “Everything about it was just absolutely special.”

Ms. Steorts explained, “The message that I got was that we all have a part that is divine, and that we are here for a purpose, but then we return to heaven. And I thought that was really really meaningful. The way it was portrayed was fabulous.”

A Divine Performance about Divinity and Our Nature that Lives Beyond

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Dave Wallace, Maryland’s Republican senatorial candidate

“Everything that this performance reflected is man’s beauty in the eyes of God,” said Dave Wallace, Maryland’s Republican senatorial candidate.

“This brings joy to your heart because you realize that God is in control,” Mr. Wallace said. To him, Shen Yun is “a divine performance about divinity and our nature that lives beyond.”

He shared his inspiration from the show,“As we go through life, we must always consider the fact that we must be instruments of good in this world.”

Liberation through the Spiritual Dimension

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John Convey, a professor at the Catholic University of America

“There was everything in there that I enjoy,” said John Convey, a professor at the Catholic University of America. He enjoyed both the spiritual and artistic aspects of the performance.

Mr. Convey shared his understanding, “Liberation through the spiritual dimension. The fact that we’re all connected together as people, but also connected to heaven. We come from heaven, and we go back to heaven.”

Shen Yun Welcomed by Elected Officials in D.C. and Maryland

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Shen Yun received welcome letters from:
(top row, left to right) Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Representative for DC, John K. Delaney, U.S. Representative for Maryland, Donna F. Edwards, U.S. Representative for Maryland, Steny Hoyer, U.S. Representative for Maryland, Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Representative for Maryland, and Jud Ashman, Mayor of Gaithersburg, MD,
(middle row, left to right) David Fraser-Hidalgo, Maryland state delegate, Kathleen M Dumais, Maryland state delegate, Aruna Miller, Maryland state delegate, Brian J Feldman, Maryland state senator, Jill Carter, Maryland state delegate,
(bottom row, left to right) Isiah Leggett, executive of Montgomery County, Maryland, Beryl L Feinberg, member of Rockville City Council, Julie Palakovich Carr, member of Rockville City Council, Mark Pierzchala, member of Rockville City Council, Bridget Donnell Newton, mayor of Rockville, and Virginia D Onley, member of Rockville City Council.

Shen Yun will continue its tour of the United States with performances in Springfield, IL on February 24, Cincinnati, OH on February 27, and New York, NY on March 2-13. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.

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New York: Falun Dafa Brings Cheer to Brooklyn Chinatown Ahead of Lantern Festival

February 24, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Cai Ju in New York

(Minghui.org) Shoppers in Brooklyn Chinatown were greeted with colorful balloons on February 21, 2016. As it was one day ahead of the Lantern Festival, the final day of traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, crowds filled the streets.

Many shoppers lined up to get balloons from Falun Dafa practitioners. The balloons had the Chinese characters for “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”

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Practitioners give out Falun Dafa balloons to Chinese New Year holiday shoppers in the crowded Brooklyn Chinatown.

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A practitioner talks to passerby about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China and the movement of quitting the Chinese Communist Party.

According to one volunteer, about 100 Chinese people agreed to withdraw their memberships in the Chinese Communist Party that day. Many choose to separate themselves from the regime after learning of the horrific abuses it has carried out against Falun Dafa practitioners in China since 1999.

A Cultural Center

Eighth Avenue is a major street in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City. It is the third largest Chinatown in New York. From 45th Street to 65th Street, Chinese immigrant-owned shops and stores were densely packed. Many Chinese living nearby and from the surrounding areas come here to shop on the weekends.

Local Falun Dafa practitioners have frequently visited this bustling district on weekends over the past ten-plus years, hanging banners reading “Falun Dafa is Good” and putting up display boards to inform the public about Falun Dafa and raise awareness of the brutal persecution of practitioners in China under the communist regime.

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Chinese Tourist in Singapore: “Falun Gong Is China’s Hope!”

February 21, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Singapore

(Minghui.org) Merlion is Singapore icon, and Merlion Park is a must-see attraction for many tourists. Hundreds of thousands Chinese tourists visit the park every year. Chinese New Year’s Day (February 8, 2016) was no exception, and local Falun Gong practitioners went to the park to raise awareness about the brutal persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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Merlion Park in Singapore

The Singapore government has close ties with communist China, so local practitioners’ efforts to raise awareness are often interfered with or thwarted by local authorities. Nevertheless, the practitioners continue their efforts to reach out to thousands of visiting Chinese tourists.

Tour guides generally allow their groups no more than 30 minutes at each site they visit. Practitioners take advantage of that time to talk with the tourists and offer them the opportunity to distance themselves from the evil deeds of the Party. They explain how the Party demands that Chinese citizens vow to devote their lives to the Party. They also explain how the Party has killed countless Chinese people since it took power, and their belief that Party members will one day be implicated for the Party’s actions. Upon hearing this, many tourists immediately agree to quit the Party.

Some of the Chinese tourists reply that they are not involved in politics. The practitioners encourage them to pay attention to politics, even if they are not directly involved, and remind the tourists of the old Chinese saying that everyone bears responsibility for the fate of the country.

Some tourists say that they are patriotic, and are thus resistant to quitting the Party. A practitioner might then point to the words on a poster board and say, “Indeed, China is great. But the CCP is not China. You don’t have to like the Party to be patriotic. China has lived through many dynasties. None of them lasts forever.”

Many groups of Chinese students also visit Singapore’s tourist attractions. Some are shocked to see the displays that practitioners have on hand, and some of the teachers attempt to keep the students from looking at them.

Practitioners explain, “It is good for the children to learn about Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It brings positive energy to them. They would behave well if they followed the principle. They are innocent. They made vows to devote their lives to the Party, so they too should renounce it. Please don’t lead the students to have later regrets.”

Some of the teachers agree, and allow their students to listen and read the Falun Gong displays. Some then renounce their memberships in the Young Pioneers communist organization.

One guide told a practitioner, “Government officials told us not to accept any Falun Gong materials.” Another said, “We are not allowed to take the materials, or we will face trouble when returning.”

A practitioner said, “You spend money to travel abroad. You should see what you cannot see in China. The Party staged the Tiananmen self-immolation propaganda stunt to incite hatred of Falun Gong. Now it fears people learning the truth about the practice, and the persecution, and does not want you to read Falun Gong materials. The CCP will collapse sooner or later. It cannot control everyone.”

Some nod after hearing the explanation. Some quickly renounce the Party and take some materials with them.

More and more tourists are learning the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution, and renouncing the Party and its affiliates, at tourist sites. Some have already encountered Falun Gong in other countries, and learned about the true nature of the CCP and the brutal persecution in China.

One tourist said emotionally, “Falun Gong is China’s hope!” Others took photos of the Falun Gong posters and gave practitioners a thumbs-up.

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Village Party Secretary Helps Falun Gong Practitioners

February 21, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, China

(Minghui.org) Seven Falun Gong practitioners went to a practitioner’s home in a village on January 17, 2016. They were preparing for a trip to a mountainous region where they planned to distribute Falun Gong informational materials.

The village Party secretary arrived after noticing several electric bikes outside the house. He asked the homeowner if he had visitors, and said that he would like to talk to them.

The practitioners showed the Party secretary a petition form for suing Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese communist regime, and asked if he would like to sign it. The Party secretary put his fingerprint on the petition without hesitation.

The homeowner thanked the Party secretary for protecting practitioners in the past. The secretary replied, “The other day, I told my wife to learn Falun Gong from you guys. You have nothing to worry about. Let me know if anyone dares to cause trouble for you. The next time the police or anyone else asks if you still practice Falun Gong, don’t reply. You may serve them tea and show them your kind nature, but avoid answering their questions about Falun Gong.”

Time was pressing, so the homeowner thanked the Party secretary for his advice, and said, “We are getting ready to drive to the mountains to distribute Falun Gong materials. We’ll need to take my tractor. So we will have to talk to you another time.”

The Party secretary said that he would have liked to have given us a lift there, but his car was too small to seat everyone.

The tractor stalled just after they left, due to cold weather.

The driver called the Party secretary for help. He arrived in less than ten minutes, and brought a container of hot water to help unfreeze the fuel line. While the practitioners were fixing the tractor he invited three practitioners into his car and took them to their destination.

The tractor was running by the time he returned to take the remaining practitioners. They all then left for the mountains.

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Chinese Tourists in Europe Learn About Falun Gong

February 18, 2016

(Minghui.org) Groups of Chinese tourists in Europe during the winter break saw Falun Gong booths in multiple countries, and many were glad to have a chance to quit the Chinese Communist Party with help from Falun Gong practitioners.

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Chinese tourists pass by the Falun Gong booth in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Practitioner Ms. Jun often came to the booth in front of the Eiffel Tower, to tell Chinese visitors the facts about Falun Gong, and advise them to recognize the evil nature of the Communist Party.

One day a family of six approached Ms. Jun, and asked her for Falun Gong materials. The father said, “We have all heard about the founder of Falun Gong, Master Li Hongzhi. It would be great if we could see him. Back in the 1990’s, Falun Gong was everywhere in China. I also wanted to practice. But before I started, the Party launched the persecution.”

He added, “It is great now that we see Falun Gong everywhere in Europe. We are very glad that you guys have been doing well… It is truly remarkable that you still follow the principle of truthfulness-compassion-forbearance despite the severe persecution.”

The entire family quit the Party and its associated organizations with Ms. Jun’s help. She gave them a computer software to circumvent China’s Internet firewall, so that they can learn more about Falun Gong.

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Chinese tourists view Falun Gong materials in front of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

One day a group of Chinese tourists passed by the Falun Gong booth in front of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. Most of them scowled at practitioners, and refused to take the Falun Gong materials.

One practitioner said, “My fellow Chinese, we truly wish that you will recognize how evil the Communist Party is, and abandon it. It has brought severe disasters to China. Do you really want to side with it? Quit it for your own well-being and bright future.”

One lady from the tourist group asked, “Are you paid to do this here?”

The practitioner answered, “Do I look like a poor person? I used to be a white-collar worker with high salary. I have several homes. I now have my own company in Germany, and my business is going well. I’m spending my off-time today to help you. Also, all of these materials are actually paid by us, Falun Gong practitioners. No one gives us money.”

The tourists seemed touched. The practitioner continued, “I am a volunteer here, truly wishing that my fellow Chinese will avoid being destroyed along with the Communist Party in the future.”

“I had all kinds of diseases, stomach pain, insomnia, cervical pain, and so on, but Falun Gong healed them all magically. People who know me said that my life was renewed. I have also become more peaceful. Falun Gong benefits me both physically and mentally, but doesn’t cost me a penny. Anyone with a conscience would stand up and speak for Falun Gong when it is being persecuted by the Party. I feel that it is my responsibility to tell the public what Falun Gong really is, and how the Party is persecuting it.”

“My wish is that you realize that Falun Dafa is good. You will be blessed.”

The Chinese tourists listened quietly. The lady who asked if practitioners were paid was deeply touched. She kept saying “Thank you for telling us this.” Before they left, almost all of them quit the Party.

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