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

October 21, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Mu Wenqing

(Minghui.org) 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.

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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.

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Tian Guo Marching Band

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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.

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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.”

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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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Car Tours in Queensland, Australia Raise Public and Media Awareness of Persecution in China

September 26, 2016

(Minghui.org) The best way to end injustice is to make it known. Two car tours kicked off in Queensland, Australia on September 22, with the mission of raising public awareness of the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China.

One team took the southern route and visited Stanthorpe, and the other team visited three towns in northern Queensland, including Gympie, Hervey Bay, and Bundaberg.

The car tours drew the attention of the local media and were warmly supported by the local residents at every stop. People were especially moved by the experience of one of the car tour participants, Anne Zhao, who was tortured in China for upholding her belief in Falun Gong.

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A reporter from the Gympie Times, a local newspaper, interviews Falun Gong practitioners.

At the first stop on the northern route, the Gympie Times, a local newspaper, interviewed practitioners. Horrified by the Chinese communist regime’s forced organ harvesting of living Falun Gong practitioners, the reporter asked for detailed information. Anne told the reporter about how she was beaten with electric batons and tied to an iron frame in a Chinese prison, only because she refused to renounce Falun Gong.

The reporter was surprised by how little he knew about Falun Gong and the persecution. He thanked the practitioners for staging the car tour and promised to share the information.

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WIN TV in Hervey Bay interviews practitioners.

The reporter from WIN TV in Hervey Bay was also appalled by the organ harvesting atrocities. Practitioners showed the reporter recent evidence collected by independent investigators, who compiled statistics from 700 Chinese hospitals showing that thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in China have been killed for their organs since 2000.

The reporter also asked Anne Zhao for details of her experience of persecution. Upon leaving, she said to the practitioners that she admires their spirit. She feels that they are doing a great thing by informing Australians about such a major event.

The reporter asked practitioners to stay in touch and to keep her posted on developments in China. She said that she and her colleagues will try their best to pass on the information about what is happening in China.

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4BU Radio in Bundaberg interviews practitioners.

The city government of Bundaberg enthusiastically supported the car tour. They arranged a press conference at the busiest spot in town for practitioners, and informed the local media.

4BU Radio station received the press release and interviewed the practitioners. The reporter was saddened that so many innocent people have been killed over the past decade, and was especially concerned that so few people are aware of it. She promised to tell her radio audience about what has been taking place in China.

Many local residents told practitioners that they heard about the car tour on the news the previous night, and they strongly support practitioners’ peaceful resistance against the bloody organ harvesting.

A local woman said, “Some people don’t want to hear bad news from a country so far away from them. It’s sad that they don’t want to know. The silence of good people makes the evil more rampant.”

The woman added that she admires practitioners’ spirit and effort. “Your persistence will stop the evil. Keep up the good work,” she encouraged practitioners.

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The car tour stops in Stanthorpe. Local newspaper Stanthorpe Border Post interviewed the practitioners. Many people signed the petition to condemn the persecution in China.

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Australian Car Tour Receives Strong Support

September 23, 2016 | By Mu Wenqing, a Minghui correspondent in Australia

(Minghui.org) During the Australian Falun Dafa car tour, practitioners from Sydney have provided information about the ongoing persecution of Falun Dafa in China, especially the state-sanctioned large-scale forced organ harvesting from living Falun Dafa practitioners in China, to almost 60 towns in Australia. More than 200 towns are on the car tour route. Practitioners have received great support in every town they passed.

Politicians Attend Rally

It happened to be Parliament sitting when the car tour arrived in Canberra on August 30, 2016. When Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Parliament House, Senator Janet Rice and Senator Scott Ludlam attended the rally to show their support. They praised Falun Gong practitioners for their work and expressed their support for human rights in China. Falun Gong practitioners submitted more than 3,000 postcards with signatures from the public, calling for the Prime Minister to urge the Chinese government to stop the persecution. Senators are passing the postcards to the Prime Minister.

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Falun Gong practitioners hold a rally in Melbourne.

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Senator Janet Rice and Senator Scott Ludlam show their support at the Falun Gong rally in Canberra on August 30.

Senator Lee Rhiannon from New South Wales sent a supportive letter to the rally. She wrote that U.S House Resolution 343 had brought hope. She would like to see the Australian government formally condemn and help stop the organ harvesting in China.

MP David Shoebridge in the NSW Parliament called for Prime Minister Turnbull to raise the human rights issue directly with the Chinese regime. He said there was nothing to lose, and we had the responsibility to help stop this practice (organ harvesting) as part of international society.

Victorian State MPs Bernie Finn and Gerard Flood, treasurer of the Democratic Labor Party, praised Falun Gong practitioners’ work at the rally in Melbourne on September 2. Mr. Flood encouraged practitioners to visit members of parliament to tell them facts about the persecution.

Report Series by News Corp Australia

News.com.au, a news website owned by News Corp Australia, interviewed several Falun Gong practitioners from the car tour, and produced a series of reports, including Extreme torture: Inside China’s correctional facilities, Inside China’s secret brainwashing centers: “People only see what the government wants them to see,” and The Reality of Human Organ Harvesting in China. These reports exposed the tortures, brainwashing, and organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China. The reports were coupled with interview videos.

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A WinTV reporter interviews Falun Gong practitioners.

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A practitioner is interviewed by ABC Radio Australia.

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Reporters from BorderMail, Newsweekly, DailyAdvertiser, and other media reported on the car tour.

Besides mainstream media, local newspapers, TV stations, and radio stations also reported the car tour as it passed through their cities.

Support from Local Communities

Falun Gong practitioners in the tour visited many local governments and offices, hospitals, libraries, and churches. Many people offered to help with spreading the news. They helped practitioners contact governments and media, and post information along the streets.

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Falun Gong practitioners demonstrate exercises in front of Taree City Hall.

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Father Ken supports Falun Gong practitioners.

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Many people sign postcards calling for the Australian Prime Minister to take action to stop organ harvesting.

Sisler, a teacher in Goulburn, asked for more than 20 postcards for colleagues and friends to sign.

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Allen in Dungog shows great interest in Falun Gong and would like to help stop the persecution.

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