San Francisco: Calling for Help to Rescue Family Members Detained in China for Their Belief

October 28, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents Shu Jing and Mu Wenqing

(Minghui.org) “The last time my brother called me was on April 19, 2003. I have not been able to reach him since,” recounted Huang Wanqing at a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on October 25.

This was part of a series of events in San Francisco joined by thousands of Falun Dafa practitioners. More than 4,000 practitioners marched in a grand parade on October 22, and about 6,000 participated in an experience-sharing conference on October 24.

Carrying On an Unfinished Task

Both Wanqing and his younger brother Xiong started to practice Falun Dafa in 1996. Wanqing came to the U.S. one year later to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Wanqing recalled, “When former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin ordered the suppression of Falun Dafa in July 1999, Xiong was studying at a computer training center in Beijing. Like many other practitioners, Xiong went to the government agencies to appeal for Falun Dafa.”

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Huang Wanqing has not heard from his brother, Huang Xiong, for 13 years. Xiong was detained and wanted by the police for practicing Falun Dafa.

In February 2000, 22-year-old Xiong was arrested in Beijing, followed by detention at a labor camp with a term of 18 months. After being released from a prison, he found that his registered residence had been canceled, and he was forced to stay away from home to avoid further persecution.

During that period of time, Xiong managed to call Wanqing from time to time. He visited many places and told people about Falun Dafa and the brutal treatment of practitioners by the communist regime. With the computer skills he had learned, Xiong produced more than 5,000 DVDs to tell people the real story of Falun Dafa. Not long after that, he was arrested, but he managed to escape.

In Shanghai, Xiong produced another 5,000 DVDs and was wanted by the police. Nonetheless, he went to Yunnan in southern China and continued his efforts to raise awareness. In addition to producing DVDs, he also tried to get the message out on a larger scale by intercepting television signals. Since his last phone call to Wanqing, not a word has been heard about him for the past 13 years.

“My brother hoped more Chinese people could know what Falun Dafa is, not just blindly believe the propaganda from the Chinese communist regime. I have to carry on his unfinished task,” said Wanqing.

With Parents Arrested, Daughters Ask for Help

Wang Xiao, a practitioner in San Francisco, said her entire family practices Falun Dafa, including her parents and younger brother. “Because of their belief, they were all arrested in 2010, kept at a detention center, and tortured.” In particular, her father was imprisoned for four years and subjected to forced labor. His lawyer license was also revoked. Her mother was put under house arrest after her release and was often harassed by police. Her brother’s workplace was forced to fire him. Their requests to obtain passports to visit her were denied.

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Wang Xiao said her parents and younger brother had all been arrested previously for their belief.

Liu Danqing is a marketing director at a tech firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her father, Liu Xuemin, a former employee of Sinochem in Shandong Province, was arrested and detained for 15 months for practicing Falun Dafa. After being arrested again in July 2015, her father was sentenced to prison in August 2016.

“I am standing here hoping to rescue my father. In the meantime, I sincerely hope the international community will pay attention to this and help end this atrocity,” said Liu.

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A practitioner speaks out for her parents, who were mistreated in China for practicing Falun Dafa.

A well-known case, Danielle Wang told the story of her family to rally participants via telephone. Her father, Wang Zhiwen, was a coordinator of the former Falun Dafa Research Society. After the persecution started on July 20, 1999, officials arrested him on that day and imprisoned him for 15 years. Even after his release in 2014, Wang was watched and harassed by police 24 hours a day.

“My husband and I managed to have all the paperwork ready this August for my father to visit us in the U.S. But at customs in Guangdong Province, officials destroyed his passport and barred him from traveling outside China. It was a painful experience for us, and so far we have been unable to find a solution.” She hopes more people can help her father and many other mistreated Falun Dafa practitioners to regain their freedom.

Passerby: Persecution of Falun Dafa “Horrible”

Emil, a tourist from France, watched the rally with his girlfriend. Upon hearing from the family members of many Falun Dafa practitioners detained for a long time or missing for over 10 years, he said it is hard to imagine something like this happening in modern times. “This [persecution] is horrible. I will check this out on the internet and support you with an online petition.”

Omar is a physician. He has read about the Chinese regime’s harvesting of organs from living Falun Dafa practitioners imprisoned for their beliefs. “Transplant organs must come from voluntary donors. Otherwise, it should be forbidden,” Omar said.

Zara Hayes, a ballet instructor, had not heard about the persecution in China. She said no person and no government has the authority to kill others for their organs. “Whether this happens because of money, power, or greed, it must stop. As human beings, we have to care for each other.”

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Category: Rallies & Protests

San Francisco: Falun Gong Practitioners March on Golden Gate Bridge

October 28, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents Li Xinci, Zhang Yun, and Tang Xiuming

(Minghui.org) About 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners marched across the Golden Gate Bridge on October 23, one day prior to the annual U.S. Western Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference. Starting from Golden Gate Bridge Square, across the bridge to Vista Point in Marin County, the three-mile-long march was to call for support to end the severe suppression of Falun Gong in China.

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About 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners march across the Golden Gate Bridge on October 23, raising awareness about the persecution in China.

News reporter: “This [Persecution] Is Insane”

Esvim from Santa Monica in Southern California is a news reporter that covers political news. She and her assistant Les met practitioners during the march. “I have heard about black market organ trade in China. But such a large scale operation of forced organ harvesting is even worse—this is insane,” she said.

She encouraged practitioners to continue their efforts, saying, “You are doing the right thing. The U.S. government needs to take more action to press China on organ transplant tourism, as well as work with other countries to stop such a crime.” She said he will check into this and help spread the information.

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Esvim, a news reporter from Santa Monica, California, and her assistant Les, talk with practitioners.

San Francisco resident Adam and his mother were walking on the bridge when they encountered the Falun Gong march. Adam thanked practitioners for bringing the issue of organ harvesting to his attention, “This suddenly opened my eyes.”

Adam works for a social media company and says he will let more people know about this. He and his mother said the march was “peaceful” and “beautiful.”

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Adam, an employee of a social media company who was visiting the Golden Gate Bridge with his mother Tamar, said the Falun Gong march opened his eyes.

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Tourist read Falun Gong posters and signs on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Law Professionals: I Support You

Linda, a retired assistant lawyer of a child protection organization, said she had not heard about forced organ harvesting. “I support you,” she said to a practitioner. Pointing to a small yellow flag a practitioner held with words of “Falun Dafa is good,” she added, “If I can have such a flag, I will walk with you to stop the persecution.”

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Retired assistant lawyer Linda said she supports Falun Gong.

Lin, a retired Australian lawyer, was visiting the Golden Gate Bridge with her son Nicolas, a college student in the U.S. “We know the communist regime wants to control people’s minds and I believe your message is reaching a lot of people today,” she said.

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Retired Australian lawyer Lin and her son said the event is very important.

Chinese Tourists: Very Different from China

Mr. Xia, a visitor from Hubei Province in China, was surprised to the large-scale event by Falun Gong practitioners. “It is impossible to see a large group do these exercises and march like this in China.”

Another China tourist walked with practitioners for a while. He decided to withdraw his membership in the Chinese communist organizations to take a stance against the regime’s brutal crimes and said he would read more about Falun Gong.

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A Chinese man watches the Falun Gong march.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

San Francisco: Character Formation by Falun Dafa Practitioners in Front of City Hall

October 25, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents Hua Qing and De Xiang

(Minghui.org) Hundreds of Falun Dafa practitioners gathered in front of the San Francisco City Hall on October 23, 2016, to form a Falun emblem and other related patterns. This was one of a series of activities associated with the upcoming annual Western Falun Dafa Experience-Sharing Conference on October 24.

Introduced by Mr. Li Hongzhi in May 1992, Falun Dafa is now practiced in more than 100 countries. The emblem consists of one large 卍 symbol in the center, surrounded by four small 卍 symbols and four Taiji symbols. The principles of Falun Dafa are Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

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Character formation by Falun Dafa practitioners in front San Francisco City Hall on October 23, 2016.

We Need More Activities Like This

Impressed by the event, a group of tourists from Germany came up and talked with the practitioners. One tourist was a retired engineer from Nuremberg, who said he liked the meditation because it was “peaceful” and “it gives energy.” He took many photos of the event and was shocked to hear about organ harvesting from living Falun Dafa practitioners in China.

He added, “We need more activities like this because we need to let people know what is really going on in China.”

Four college students visiting San Francisco were also surprised to hear about the mistreatment of Falun Dafa practitioners in China for their beliefs. One of them, Mustafa, said, “This [the persecution] is horrible. How could one person kill others for their organs?” Another student said it is basic humanity for people to respect each other.

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A practitioner explains to passersby about Falun Dafa and the suppression in China.

Mr. and Ms. Bozena, both immigrants from the Czech Republic, said they both believe that the practitioners’ activity was important. “I like it because it looks great,” said Ms. Bozena, who works in an opera house near the city hall.

Mr. Bozena said he knows the communist regime well from his own experience, and hopes the atrocity will end soon.

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Mr. and Ms. Bozena said the human rights violations against Falun Dafa practitioners in China must stop.

Chinese Immigrant: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are Universal Values

Hu Jinwei from China said he was happy to see the character formation event. “I heard about Falun Dafa back in China and I know the suppression is very bad. It is terrible that things like forced organ harvesting could happen in contemporary society.”

Hu said that he supported the practitioners, and that the Chinese communist regime was doomed because of the bad deeds it has committed throughout history that harmed the Chinese people. “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are traditional values. The Chinese communist regime is destroying the essence of Chinese tradition and culture.”

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Hu Jinwei, an immigrant from China, said that the Chinese communist regime is destroying Chinese culture by suppressing Falun Dafa.

Speaking of the hate propaganda the communist regime has spread in China to mislead people, Hu encourage Chinese to think independently. He said, “When I was in China, I could overcome the Internet blockade with some software. I hope more people will do the same, that is, get access to uncensored information before reaching a conclusion.”

“After all, as human beings we have to be clear on what is good and what is bad in this world,” he said.

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Category: Other Community Events


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