Canada: Falun Dafa Practitioners Help Usher in the Season in Local Holiday Parades

November 18, 2016 | By Falun Dafa practitioners in Canada

(Minghui.org) For many years, Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) has been a welcome component of holiday festivities around the world. As the winter holiday season approaches, Canadian Falun Dafa practitioners have recently participated in two local Santa Claus parades, one in London, Ontario and another in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


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Film on China’s Live Organ Harvesting, “The Bleeding Edge,” Screens in Canada

November 17, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Zhang Yun

(Minghui.org) The Bleeding Edge, a film exposing China’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, was shown as part of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) on November 5, 2016.

The film is a narrative feature by award-winning Vancouver-based director Leon Lee, who won a Peabody Award in 2015 for his documentary Human Harvest about the horrors of forced organ harvesting in China. The Bleeding Edge stars actress Anastasia Lin, winner of Miss World Canada 2015.


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Ottawa, Canada: Falun Gong Protests Greet the Visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

September 25, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Canada

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners gathered in Canada’s capital of Ottawa September 21-22 to call on visiting Chinese premier Li Keqiang to help stop the persecution of Falun Gong. They held large banners worded “Falun Dafa Is Good,” “Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong,” “Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice,” and others during the course of his visit.

Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) was made public in 1992 in China and became very popular in the following years due to its marvelous health and spiritual benefits. Practitioners follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in daily life.

Jiang Zemin, then head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), initiated the brutal persecution utilizing the entire state apparatus in 1999, out of jealousy for the popularity of Falun Gong, and paranoia of losing control. The ongoing persecution has led to deaths of many practitioners, including those killed under the CCP’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living practitioners in China.

Practitioners took the opportunity to raise awareness of the persecution during the premier’s visit. They stood in front of the Westin Ottawa Hotel where Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stayed, on Parliament Hill where he met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and outside the Canadian Museum of History where Li had dinner with Prime Minister Trudeau.

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Falun Gong practitioners hold banners in front of the Westin Ottawa Hotel.

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Li’s motorcade meets with Falun Gong practitioners on way to Parliament Hill.

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Falun Gong practitioners hold banners in front of Parliament Hill.

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Tourists pass by protest on Parliament Hill.

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Falun Gong practitioners hold banners in the rain in front of the Canadian Museum of History, waiting for Li’s motorcade from dinner with Prime Minister Trudeau.

A member of parliament (MP) commended the Falun Gong event and supported efforts to oppose the persecution. Many tourists accepted Falun Gong informational materials and spoke out against the persecution after learning the facts.

The Chinese embassy had arranged an official “welcome group” consisting of paid Chinese Canadians, merchants, and students. They stood with a dividing lane between them and the Falun Gong group. Both sides expressed their greetings to the Chinese Premier in their own way. Some Chinese in the welcome group agreed to withdraw from the Party and its affiliated organizations after practitioners helped them see the true nature of the Party.

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MP Karen McGrimmon (left) poses for a photo with a Falun Gong practitioner.

A practitioner walked to a place near the Parliament Hill and came across MP Karen McGrimmon for Kanata—Carleton. MP McGrimmon told her, “Your event is well organized. I support you!”

MP McGrimmon said that she had a meeting to attend and would talk about Falun Gong during a later appointment.

Researcher Photographer: I Support You.

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Research photographer Paul Lauzon

Research photographer Paul Lauzon said, “I support your efforts against the persecution and lawsuits against Jiang.” He indicated that the Canadian government should exert more pressure on the Chinese government because the Chinese regime does not want to stop the persecution, especially the live organ harvesting for profit. The Chinese regime is afraid of people gathering and presenting a challenge. He observed that there is no freedom in China and suggested that this is one reason why so Chinese people immigrate to Canada.

Hungarian Couple: We Hope to Help Stop the Persecution

A Hungarian couple saw Falun Gong practitioners in front of Parliament Hill and learned about the persecution in China. They then went to the welcome group and listened to their explanation.

They came back to the practitioners before departing. The wife Anna Maria said, “I never heard of Falun Gong. Today I see so many practitioners demonstrating the exercises and holding banners. I want to learn about the practice. The persecution in China, especially the live organ harvesting, is horrible.

“I think Chinese people should stand up to protest the persecution of Falun Gong. If it is not solved, other countries and international organizations should intervene and help practitioners to stop the persecution.”

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Omar (left), Vincent (middle), and Alexander (right), students from Quebec, in front of Canadian Museum of History.

Omar Livoie is a student at a university prep school in Quebec. He and his two classmates went to visit the Canadian Museum that day and saw the practitioners with large banners. While listening to a practitioner explain the issues, he translated to French for his classmates. Omar and his classmates said that Falun Gong practitioners should have freedom to practice anywhere in the world.

The three students supported the practitioners’ effort against the persecution. They shouted together, “Stop the persecution!” twice.

Chinese People in the Welcome Group Renounce the Party

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Falun Gong practitioners talk to people in the official welcome group

The welcome group that the Chinese embassy arranged stood beside the Falun Gong group outside the Westin Ottawa hotel. One practitioner standing in the middle explained the persecution to a middle-aged woman in the welcome group. The practitioner said, “We have also come to welcome Li Keqiang. But we are asking him to bring Jiang Zemin to justice.”

The Chinese lady said she was a Christian and had read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and Falun Gong information materials. She agreed to withdraw her membership in the Communist Youth League and Young Pioneers. She then left the welcome group.

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A practitioner talks with a Chinese tourist.

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Practitioner raises awareness of the persecution to tourists.

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A practitioner raises awareness of the persecution to Chinese tourists.

On the way home, a practitioner met with a few Chinese people, one of whom said with a smile, “I saw you in the dinner with the Chinese Premier.” The practitioner said that he did not attend the dinner and that the man must have taken him as a guest who attended the dinner.

He then talked with several Chinese guests who attended the dinner about the nature of the CCP and the persecution of Falun Gong. One guest agreed to withdraw from the CCP and said he would advise the others to withdraw their affiliations as well.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Canada: Chinese Premier Sees More Falun Gong Rallies

September 24, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Ying Zi in Ottawa, Canada

(Minghui.org) After encountering Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) rallies in New York City earlier this week, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang once again saw peaceful protests by the group while visiting Ottawa, Canada for the latter part of the week.

On the way from his hotel to Parliament Hill, Falun Gong practitioners held banners that read “Stop the Persecution,” “Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice,” and “Falun Dafa Is Good.”

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Falun Gong banners in front of the Westin Hotel, where Premier Li has been staying while in Ottawa.

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A passerby shows support for Falun Gong.

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Falun Gong banner in front of Rideau Hall.

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Falun Gong practitioners’ demonstration in front of Parliament Hill

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Li Keqiang’s motorcade passes by Falun Gong banners in front of the Westin Hotel

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After visiting the parliament, the Premier Li saw the Falun Gong group’s peaceful demonstration again on Wellington Ave.

Canadian Members of Parliament Peter Kent and Jason Kenney spoke at the Falun Gong rally in front of Parliament Hill on Thursday. They called on Li Keqiang to help bring the former communist head Jiang Zemin to justice for his crimes in the persecution of Falun Gong.

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MP Jason Kenney at the rally shaking hands with practitioners.

Jason Kenney, who has served in the House of Commons for 19 years, shouted in Chinese “Falun Dafa is good!” at the rally on Thursday. He called upon the Chinese premier to respect the human rights of Chinese people.

MP Kenney thanked Falun Gong practitioners for passing on the important message that reminds Canadians not to take human rights and freedom for granted.

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MP Peter Kent gives a speech at the rally in front of Parliament Hill.

Peter Kent, the chair of Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong, spoke about the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, who, as the then head of the Chinese Communist Party, launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999 and personally directed it.

MP Kent said that Jiang’s crimes have been recorded in detail and more than 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners have filed lawsuits against him since May 2015.

He urged the Chinese government to indict Jiang and stop the persecution of Falun Gong.

One month ago, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received 120,000 signatures before his G20 Summit trip to China, which urged him to bring up the Falun Gong issue while meeting with Chinese leaders.

Many local residents and tourists from all over the world saw the Falun Gong demonstration in front of Parliament Hill on Thursday.

Brustolin Juliano from Brazil stopped at the rally to show his support. He said he has seen Falun Gong activities in his home country. He signed the petition at the rally to condemn the brutal persecution.

A visitor from Scotland, Joyce Symon, said she had never heard of the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners in China. Outraged, she said it is very important for people to know what is going on, and she signed the petition, too.

Canadian government official Anne Clark said she has seen peaceful protests by the Falun Gong group many times. She believes that the Canadian Prime Minister has the responsibility to bring up human rights issues to any country, including China, because protecting human rights is one of Canada’s basic values.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Toronto, Canada: Falun Gong Practitioners Raise Awareness of the Persecution at a Large Community Festival

September 16, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Toronto

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners participated in the 40th Cabbagetown Festival in downtown Toronto on September 10-11, 2016, after being invited by festival organizers. The event included a grand parade, art performance, and handicraft product exhibition. Over 100,000 people attended the event.

The Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) booth had banners with the words “Falun Dafa is Wonderful” and “Stop the Chinese Communist Party’s Live Organ Harvesting.” The Falun Gong practitioners’ yellow T-shirts, Falun Gong books, and small paper-folded lotus flowers at the booth drew the attention of many visitors. Many booth visitors also signed postcards to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking him to raise the issue of Falun Gong during an upcoming meeting with the Chinese Prime Minister on his visit to Canada. The postcards also requested that the Canadian Prime Minister urge his counterpart to stop the persecution of Falun Gong and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. Visitors also signed petition forms to Canadian Parliament requesting help in stopping the persecution.

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Visitors pause to talk with Falun Gong practitioners and learn more about the practice and the CCP’s persecution.

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Visitors sign the petition at the Falun Gong booth.

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People from all walks of life signed the petition.

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Visitors pause to sign the petition no matter rain or shine.

The signature collection was warm and touching. Many people signed the postcards, including a candidate for Toronto City Council, the president of a global organization, handicapped persons, and others, young and old.

The first day was windy and rainy at times. Despite the weather, many visitors paused to sign the petition at the Falun Gong booth. Some visitors were tearful after listening to practitioners explain the CCP’s live organ harvesting, and they signed the petition right away. Some visitors also asked their family members and friends to sign after signing themselves.

Candidate for Toronto City Council: Let More People Know About the Persecution

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Zuhair Syed, candidate for Toronto City Council.

Zuhair Syed, a candidate for Toronto City Council, passed by and came to the Falun Gong booth. Mr. Syed said, “The Communist Party kills people to harvest organs for profit. It is a tragedy. Many people have been killed for organs. I think it is a disgrace for the Party, as it allows the live organ harvesting in China. It is one of the most important human rights issues in the world.”

He said he would stress the issue in his campaign for the city council and let people know about the human rights violations. He thought the best way to stop the persecution was to let all people around the world know about it. If people don’t know, they can’t do anything. But people who know about the persecution will tell others about it. When all people know the facts, the CCP will have to stop the persecution. Mr. Syed commended the practitioners with a thumbs-up after signing the postcard and petition form.

President of a Global Organization: I Will Help You to Stop the Persecution

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Afewerki Dagnew, president of a global organization.

Afewerki Dagnew is president and chief executive officer of a global organization. When passing by, he saw the practitioners distributing flyers of Hard to Believe, a free documentary film about the killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs in China.

He got a stack of flyers from a practitioner and said, “I want to distribute these flyers to community leaders from each country I often meet with. I will tell them about the human rights persecution. We will work together to help you solve the issue.”

Mr. Dagnew said he signed the petition form long ago. He said, “I signed it as I want to help Falun Gong practitioners to stop the persecution and have them live peacefully and safely in this world. It is a human rights issue.”

He left his contact information with a practitioner and asked to keep in touch before departing.

Charitable Organization Head: It Is Too Horrible to Save One Person by Killing Another.

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Dennis Silva, head of a charitable organization.

Dennis Silva, the head of a charitable organization, signed the petition against the CCP’s live organ harvesting. He said, “It is a terrible thing to take organs from a living person for transplantation and leave the donor dying. The live organ harvesting is only for profit. It is too horrible to save one person by killing another.”

Ontario Merchandiser: I Hope Falun Gong Practitioners in China Will Gain Freedom.

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Ontario merchandiser Dianne Legault (right) and her friend.

Dianne Legault, a merchandiser from Azilda, attended the event with her friend after driving for over three and half hours. They stepped forward to take a look when passing by and seeing the small lotus flowers at the Falun Gong booth.

Dianne and her friend signed the postcards and petition form. She said, “Falun Gong practitioners have no freedom to do what they like, but are persecuted and victims of live organ harvesting. So I’d like to sign the petition against the persecution. I hope that Falun Gong practitioners in China gain freedom and have a better life.”

Vietnamese Visitor: I’d Like to Buy Zhuan Falun in Vietnamese

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Thu Pham and her daughter.

Near the end of the event, Thu Pham, a Vietnamese visitor with her daughter, passed by the Falun Gong booth. She signed the petition form and accepted a flyer. She asked whether Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong, was available at the booth, as she wanted to buy a copy.

She said, “I read the introduction of Falun Gong in a Vietnamese newspaper and Internet. The practice is beneficial to health. So I’d like to get a copy of the book to read.”

A practitioner advised her to buy a copy from the Tianti Bookstore as the practitioners did not have it available in the booth. Thu took a business card for the bookstore and thanked the practitioner. She said she would start practicing Falun Gong after reading the book.

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Over 50,000 Petition Canadian Prime Minister to Help Stop Genocide in China

August 08, 2016

(Minghui.org) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is about to receive more than 50,000 postcards before his visit to China this September. Each card requests the Prime Minister to bring up China’s human rights violations with Chinese leaders, in the hopes that international pressure will help stop the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from persecuted Falun Gong practitioners.

Since July, Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto have been holding activities every day at tourists spots, in the downtown area, and at busy intersections, raising public awareness of the 17-year-long persecution of Falun Gong in China. The brutal persecution has resulted in over 4,000 confirmed deaths (though the number is likely much higher), and possibly more than one million deaths from forced organ harvesting. A major postcard campaign resulted in tens of thousands of signed cards that will be presented to Prime Minister Trudeau.

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Falun Gong practitioners hold banners to draw public attention to the persecution in China.

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In the Richmond Hill area on August 4, Falun Gong practitioners collected 200 signatures in just two hours.

The practitioners’ signature campaign has received strong support from all walks of life in Toronto.

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Local resident Steven was shocked by the Chinese regime’s crime of organ harvesting.

“I cannot imagine it. This is genocide,” said local resident Steven about the Chinese regime’s organ harvesting. “We must stop it immediately. We need to let the United Nations know. China is a communist country, so people outside China should help Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance. I hope PM Trudeau will help.”

“The brutality should be exposed on social media,” Steven added, “to let more people know about it.”

Johnny Wong, originally from Hong Kong, asked practitioners if he could donate food to them. “I am in the food business, and I really want to support Falun Gong,” he said.

“I heard about Falun Gong and the persecution when I was in Hong Kong. Falun Gong is a peaceful group. The persecution is unjust and anti-human. How can we let forced organ harvesting happen?” Mr. Wong said. Then he added, “I admire Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance.”

“If I broke the law, sure, you could put me in jail. But how can you kill me if I only want to be a good person?” Wong asked, incredulous that a peaceful cultivation practice would be persecuted.

Before leaving, Mr. Wong summed up his feelings. “All I want is world peace. I hope the persecution of Falun Gong will stop immediately,” he said.

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Idzamma wrote to PM Trudeau on the postcard: “Please support this group.”

Idzamma, a local student, casually signed the postcard before he listened to the practitioners. After talking to them, Idzamma asked if he could sign a new postcard. “I need to do it seriously,” he said. “I hope everybody will treat this seriously.”

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James condemned the forced organ harvesting. He hopes that the Chinese government will respect its citizens’ human rights.

Many Canadians believe that Canada needs to speak up about this issue. A number of people who signed postcards said that they would also urge their friends and family members to sign the petition online. Residents of Canada are urged to sign the petition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau online here.

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Category: Organ Harvesting

Canada: Falun Gong Procession Shines in Calgary Stampede Parade

July 13, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Calgary, Canada

(Minghui.org) The grand parade opening the annual Calgary Stampede was held on July 8, 2016, in downtown Calgary. The Falun Gong procession received a warm welcome from the spectators and won third place in the cultural category.

Over 300,000 people stood along the 4.5 km-long parade route, and hundreds of thousands watched the parade live on television.

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Falun Gong practitioners participate in the opening parade.

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The Divine Land Marching Band leads the Falun Gong’s procession.

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The Falun Gong float won third place in the cultural category.

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Falun Gong practitioners dressed as celestial maidens.

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Falun Gong’s waist drum team.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice that was first taught in public in China in 1992. Since then it has been embraced in over 110 countries, and over 100 million people now practice it.

The Falun Gong procession consisted of the Divine Land Marching Band, celestial maidens, a float, and the waist drum team. Enthusiastic applause and cheers from the crowd followed them all along the parade route.

Many spectators were impressed with the Falun Gong entry, commenting that the music was especially pleasing. The celestial maidens’ exquisite costumes and graceful dancing elicited frequent words of praise. As the float passed by, every now and then spectators read aloud the words emblazoned on it: “Falun Dafa is good.”

Mr. Liu from northeast China admired the band’s music and was glad to see Asian faces in the parade. Many people nearby watching the parade asked him questions as the Falun Gong’s procession went by, wanting to know more about the practice. Mr. Liu felt quite proud of Falun Gong that day.

Cherie Musselwhite, a Stampede staff person, also had words of admiration for the band. She said that other bands took a break between selections, but the Divine Land Marching Band played one piece after another. She said she could feel strong energy from all the performers.

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The Divine Land Marching Band receives an award for participation.

John Musselwhite, a Stampede staff member, gave the Divine Land Marching Band an award for participation. The committee thanked the band for its outstanding performances. John said he noticed how well the crowd responded to their music.

The Divine Land Marching Band was invited to perform at a breakfast gathering and a community parade in the Ranchlands District on the day following the Stampede Parade. Their performance attracted much attention from the bystanders. People clapped along with the music. Many walked with the band from the beginning to the end of the parade.

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The Divine Land Marching Band perform on Calgary’s Stephen Avenue Mall.

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Category: Other Community Events