Recent Falun Gong Events — “My Heart Melted in the Artworks”

October 08, 2016

(Minghui.org) Practitioners of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) around the world have held public events for more than a decade to raise awareness and call for help in ending the persecution of the practice in China.

This newsletter covers four events that took place in England, the U.S.A., Canada, and Croatia during the past two weeks.

Rally and March in London Call for Ending the Persecution

Practitioners in London held a march and rally in the downtown area on October 1, 2016, to expose the facts of the persecution, especially the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living practitioners in China. They also called upon the Chinese government to investigate the former communist head, Jiang Zemin, for his crimes in the persecution. Many people signed the petition during the event to support Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance.

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Rally in front of the Chinese embassy.

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March in downtown and Chinatown.

The rally was held in front of the Chinese embassy in the morning. Several practitioners told the public about their own experiences of being tortured in China.

The march kicked off at noon, after the rally, and proceeded along Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Chinatown, ending at Trafalgar Square, where practitioners held a 5-hour long exercise demonstration and signature collection activity.

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Demonstrating exercises and collecting signatures at Trafalgar Square.

Signature Campaign in Downtown San Francisco

Practitioners from San Francisco, U.S.A., held a similar event on October 1, 2016. They also focused on exposing the forced organ harvesting in China.

After the a group exercise demonstration at Union Square in the morning, several hundred practitioners went numerous tourists spots, where they talked to people, passed out materials, and collected signatures.

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Small-scale march and signature collection in Golden Gate Park.

Thomas Recuiter and his wife were terrified upon hearing about the brutal forced organ harvesting atrocity. They could not believe that such crimes were happening in the 21st century. Tom video filmed their conversation with practitioners, and broadcast it live on his Facebook account.

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Thomas Recuiter and his wife thanked the practitioners for telling the public about the persecution.

Tom said, “This is anti-humanity. It is like a horror movie,” He said he hoped that his friends, a thousand of them, would watch the video clip on Facebook.

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Pete (second from right) and his friends from Europe strongly condemned the organ harvesting.

Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition on Canadian College Campus

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren International Exhibition was held on the campus of the University of Fraser Valley in British Columbia, one of the largest public universities in Canada with 15 thousand students, on September 25th through October 1st. All of the artworks were created by Falun Gong practitioners.

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Exhibition hall

The artworks deeply touched the students and faculty and were highly praised by local artists. A few art professors took their entire classes to the exhibition.

What touched many viewers the most was the peaceful yet powerful spirit of Falun Gong practitioners manifested in the artworks, and the contrast of compassion and forbearance against the violence of the persecution.

Pouis Cloute said she felt sad that such evilness still existed in the world, but happy at the same time because she saw the uplifting of humanity too.

One of the guests said that he learned a lot from the artworks and hoped that more people can see them. “My heart just melted in the artworks,” he said.

Signature Campaign in Croatia

Practitioners from Croatia held a signature campaign in downtown Rijeka, the third largest city in the nation, on September 29, 2016, calling for help in stopping the forced organ harvesting in China. The local residents strongly supported the peaceful resistance. People said they were touched by practitioners’ efforts. A few visitors, after signing the petition, helped practitioners pass out flyers and talk to passersby.

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Signing the petition to condemn the persecution.

One gentleman said to practitioners, “I can sense the strong positive energy around you. I feel good, and want to stay with you.” He did stay for a long time, learning more about Falun Gong and the persecution.

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Category: Other Community Events

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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Category: Rallies & Protests

Rally in Finland to Protest the Persecution of Falun Gong

October 05, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Finland

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Finland held a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate on September 29, 2015, to protest the persecution of Falun Gong in China that has continued for 16 years and to demand that Jiang Zemin to be brought to justice.

Since May of this year, more than 180,000 Falun Gong practitioners both inside and outside of China have filed lawsuits or criminal reports, charging the former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with persecuting Falun Gong.

One practitioner, Ms. Lin, listed the crimes Jiang has committed since 1999, including his launching of the persecution, the creation of the 610 Office, and the systematic harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.


Mrs. Zhu Luoxin (left) recounts the persecution her family endured in China.

Mrs. Zhu Luoxin, another practitioner, recounted the persecution she and her family endured in China. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison for practicing Falun Gong. Her husband Wu Zhiping was held in a forced labor camp for 2 years.

The couple had been separated for 11 years before they finally reunited in Finland. Of the six people in their family who practiced Falun Gong, two of them lost their lives due to the persecution. Luoxin and Zhiping mailed their indictment against Jiang in June of this year.

Mrs. Zhu’s mother-in-law, a retired vice president of a Chinese hospital in her 70s, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for refusing to give up practicing Falun Gong. She died in February 2006. Ms. Zhu’s aunt, a retired middle school teacher in her 60s, was picked up by the 610 Office 3 times and tortured brutally, before she died in 2004. Ms. Zhu’s brother-in-law Wu Zhijun was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Her sister-in-law was also held in a forced labor camp.

During the rally, Falun Gong practitioners showed a video about the CCP harvesting organs from living practitioners and demonstrated the 5 Falun Gong exercises. By letting the public know that the CCP has lied about Falun Gong, practitioners hope people won’t be deceived by the CCP. They are convinced that justice will win out and Jiang will be brought to justice.

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Category: Rallies & Protests