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.

Canadian MP: I Support You!

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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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Mayor of Ottawa Proclaims Falun Dafa Day

May 18, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Ying Zi in Ottawa, Canada

(Minghui.org) The mayors of Ottawa have issued proclamations designating May 13 as Falun Dafa Day in Ottawa since 2001. Mayor Jim Watson has proclaimed for the 6th year May 13 as Falun Dafa Day in Ottawa on behalf of the city council.

The proclamation stated, “Falun Dafa follows the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance and incorporate them into their daily lives, striving to become better people in all environments and situations.”

In particular, the proclamation noted that the practice transcends the racial and cultural boundaries, and embraces people of all ages, from all walks of life and religious affiliations.

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Canadians and Tourists Support Falun Gong at Ottawa Rally

December 18, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Zhang Yun in Ottawa

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal gathered on Parliament Hill on December 9, the eve of Human Rights Day, to call on the Canadian government to help end the persecution of Falun Gong and pressure China to release ten imprisoned family members of Canadian Falun Gong practitioners. The practitioners received great support from legislators and the public.

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Falun Gong practitioners gather on Parliament Hill on December 9 to call on the Canadian government to help end the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

MP Judy Sgro delivered a speech at the rally, confirming “in a recent meeting that Prime Minister Trudeau has had with the Chinese leaders, the issue of human rights in China, and specifically the Falun Dafa, was raised by Prime Minister Trudeau to the Chinese president.”

Many government employees, local residents, and tourists signed a petition calling to end the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

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Passersby stop to learn more about Falun Gong.

The Long Persecution Should Have Stopped!”

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Michelle from Ottawa said the persecution should have stopped.

Michelle, a resident of Ottawa, signed the petition without hesitation. She said, “I know Falun Gong has been persecuted since 1999, because they have come to Parliament Hill every year since then. I believe this group of people with faith are nice people. I’m sad they have been brutally persecuted for so long! I hope it will end soon.”

With tears in her eyes, she added, “Sixteen years! I will be very sad if it continues. The long persecution should have stopped! People should step out to stop it!”

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Gean wishes Falun Gong practitioners good luck.

Gean, who works nearby, had also seen Falun Gong rallies for many years. She said the persecution is terrible and so unbelievable and that she would like to support Falun Gong practitioners’ work to counter the persecution.

Peaceful Resistance Will Win!”

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Awes, a student from Libya, believes that peaceful resistance to the persecution will prevail.

Awes is a college student from Libya. He told a practitioner, “I’m very interested in Falun Gong. I will find out more information when I get back and introduce it to my friends. I learned the rally was to stop the sixteen-year-long persecution of Falun Gong in China. I support them. Peaceful resistance will win!”

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Ineke, a tourist from the Netherlands, took a flyer from a Falun Gong practitioner to learn more about the persecution.

Ineke, a tourist from the Netherlands said to a practitioner, “I completely understand now. My English isn’t very good. I can’t express too well. I thank you very much for telling me about Falun Gong and what is happening in China. I support your work to end the persecution.”

Chinese Tourists Quit Communist Organizations on the Spot

Mr. Wu, a tourist from China, talked with a Falun Gong practitioner for a long time, and eventually decided to quit all of the Chinese Communist Party organizations he had joined before.

Mr. Zhang works in the military. His family of three watched the rally and agreed to quit the Communist Party, the Youth League, and the Young Pioneers.

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