Sydney, Australia: Locals Express Support for Falun Gong

June 18, 2016 | By Hua Qing, Minghui Correspondent in Sydney, Australia

(Minghui.org) The streets of the Asian community of Eastwood, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, were lined with local Falun Gong practitioners raising awareness about their peaceful spiritual practice and the persecution it endures in China on June 11. Many people were shocked to learn about the ongoing organ harvesting atrocities targeting Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience.

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Falun Gong practitioners in Sydney held activities in Asian community of Eastwood.

Overseas Chinese Should Step Up and Say ‘No!’

Mr. Heng, a Chinese Malaysian business owner who works in Australia, said, “What you are doing is great! I hope more people will learn about the CCP’s crimes against Falun Gong practitioners. You have never created any trouble for anyone. I’ve observed you doing the morning exercises and your peaceful protests. No Australian has ever complained. Why does the CCP persecute Falun Gong? The Chinese government should allow them to practice openly.”

Mr. Heng was adamant that former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, who initiated the persecution, should be brought to justice, “It’s very important!”

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Mr. Heng, a Chinese Malaysian

Mr. Heng said, “We overseas Chinese do our best to bring honor to the Chinese people. But the CCP brings us shame and humiliation with its crimes of persecution and organ harvesting. Overseas Chinese should step up and say ‘No!’ It’s critical!”

Governments Are Supposed to Protect People but the CCP Doesn’t.

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Bernadette (middle) and Nicole (right) sign a petition calling for an end to organ harvesting.

Bernadette and Nicole both signed the petition calling for an end to the organ harvesting in China. Bernadette said, “Governments are supposed to protect people, but the CCP doesn’t. How can it persecute people who follow Truthfulness- Compassion-Forbearance? What the Chinese government is doing is ridiculous.”

She said she sees practitioners’ activities and peaceful protests in many places, and always supports them. She’s even told others about it and asked them to sign the petition.

Nicole added, “We should expose what the Party is doing to stop it. I hope you will do more to tell people about Falun Gong. I think the CCP will collapse soon.”

Practitioner Ms. Gao helped more than 20 Chinese people quit the Communist organizations that day. She said, “Many young people from China don’t know much about the CCP’s persecution against Falun Gong. They think it has nothing to do with them, but after they read the flyer and learn more about it, they willingly quit the Communist organizations. Those who have previously quit are happy to see us and treat us like we’re old friends.”

Falun Gong practitioners have been exposing the persecution and helping people withdraw from Communist organizations in Eastwood every weekend. More and more Chinese people are learning about the persecution. Newly immigrated Chinese eagerly take the informational materials so they can know the truth about what’s going on in China.

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Paris, France: “Falun Gong Is Not Just China’s Treasure, It’s the World’s Treasure”

June 29, 2016 | By Zhou Wenying, a Minghui correspondent in Paris, France

(Minghui.org) 26-year-old Christian Carpineta from Italy stood in front of some posters near the Eiffel Tower reading about the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China. He began asking questions to some practitioners who were there raising awareness about this spiritual practice that’s been persecuted since 1999.

Learning that Falun Gong is rooted in traditional Chinese culture with core principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, Carpineta commented, “It’s not just China’s treasure, it’s the world’s treasure, the treasure of mankind.”

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Many visitors read the posters and learned about the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

One of many who stopped at the Falun Gong display on June 26, Carpineta currently resides in Nantes in Western France, and works at a nursing home. He told a practitioner that this was the first time he heard about the persecution.

“I pay special attention to persecutions, especially those against people of faith. China has a special place in history. However, because of the Cultural Revolution, its spiritual beliefs are persecuted and historical relics destroyed. The country has come to a dangerous stage.”

Encouraging the practitioners to continue their efforts, he said, “We need to make people aware of what is happening in China and cherish this practice.”

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Many visitors read the posters and talked to practitioners

Carlos Meldenes signed the petition demanding that the persecution stop after he learned about China’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners incarcerated for their faith.

“This is a crime of genocide, a bloody slaughtering. If it was done by a regime, then the regime is guilty,” Meldenes said in an outraged tone. “You must let everyone know that the Chinese communist regime is committing a crime against humanity.”

Cecile from Paris is an 80-year-old Christian woman who understands religious persecution. After she signed a petition, she said, “I want to help fight for your rights. You are doing great work. Keep it up!”

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Toronto Dragon Boat Festival: “I Admire Falun Gong’s Spirit”

June 24, 2016

(Minghui.org) Mr. Wang from Liaoning, China, was glad to run into Falun Gong practitioners at the 28th Dragon Boat Festival on Toronto’s Centre Island on June 18 and 19.

“I signed a petition back in China condemning the persecution,” Mr. Wang said to a practitioner at the Falun Gong booth. “I also quit the Party. A Falun Gong practitioner in China helped me.”

Mr. Wang said that the persecution of Falun Gong is really brutal. “I truly admire Falun Gong’s spirit. I respect them. I never believed the communist party’s propaganda,” he said. “Actually very few people in China nowadays still believe it. In Canada, I read more materials, and I’ve confirmed that I was right. The persecution and the state-sanctioned organ harvesting are all facts.”

Mr. Wang had come to Toronto to visit his children. He was about to bicycle around the island and watch the dragon boat games of 160 teams, which attracted more than 100 thousand people.

After his bicycle ride, Mr. Wang came back to chat with the practitioners some more.

“Do you know that the head of the communist party is about to fall soon? No dictator has a good end,” he said to practitioners. “Many Chinese should wake up now. Some people thought that the persecution of Falun Gong has nothing to do with them, and they don’t have to pay any attention to it. But I believe that everybody has a conscience and a responsibility. Only if everybody stands up against the evil, will we see justice.”

“I am rooted in China, and I believe China has hope. I also believe that Falun Gong practitioners will be able to go back to China soon,” he said before saying good-bye to the practitioners.

During the festival, practitioners demonstrated the exercises, set up a photo exhibition, offered free exercise teaching, passed out materials, helped Chinese people to quit the communist party, and collected signatures on petition.

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Young Falun Gong practitioners are demonstrating the exercises.

Many Chinese tourists quit the party with practitioners’ help. Mr. Huang, a CEO of an enterprise in Guangzhou, China, said to practitioners, “It is great that you can freely practice and distribute information so that more people will know what Falun Gong really is.”

“Many party members don’t have belief in the party, and we all know the brutality of the persecution,” Mr. Huang said, and gave his card to practitioners to stay in touch.

A Taiwanese student did not believe what practitioner Ms. Wang told him. “I’ve been to Beijing. It looks great, and my father also said China is great,” he said. Ms. Wang said: “We are not trying to tell you that China is not great. I am just telling you about the persecution. We are just against the persecution.”

Ms. Wang gave him a flyer. The Taiwanese young man sat under a tree and carefully read the flyer. After a while, he came back to Ms. Wang and asked what Falun Gong’s teaching is. Ms. Wang told him that the core principles are Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” and then gave him a copy of Zhuan Falun (the main book of Falun Gong), saying, “You will know what Falun Gong really is after you read this.”

The student then went back to the tree and began reading the book. A few hours later, he came back and asked to learn the five sets of exercises.

Many Western tourists also learned the exercises at the festival.

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Ashras from Iran (right) learns the exercises. She had come to Toronto to visit her son. She told her son that she really liked the exercises and wanted to join the local exercise site.

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Maryam and her mother Bhnaz learned the exercises. Maryam had signed a Falun Gong petition in London, and written to her parliament member asking for help to stop the persecution. “I love the exercises. I can feel the energy,” she said. Her mother also said she planned to keep practicing.

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Hanniel, a Toronto resident, could not believe that the persecution is still going on. “We must let more people know about it and help to stop the persecution,” he said.

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A festival organizer came to practitioners’ booth and said: “Falun Dafa is good.” She asked for Falun Gong materials in English and Chinese for her friends.

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