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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Sydney, Australia: Locals Express Support for Falun Gong

June 18, 2016 | By Hua Qing, Minghui Correspondent in Sydney, Australia

(Minghui.org) The streets of the Asian community of Eastwood, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, were lined with local Falun Gong practitioners raising awareness about their peaceful spiritual practice and the persecution it endures in China on June 11. Many people were shocked to learn about the ongoing organ harvesting atrocities targeting Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience.

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Falun Gong practitioners in Sydney held activities in Asian community of Eastwood.

Overseas Chinese Should Step Up and Say ‘No!’

Mr. Heng, a Chinese Malaysian business owner who works in Australia, said, “What you are doing is great! I hope more people will learn about the CCP’s crimes against Falun Gong practitioners. You have never created any trouble for anyone. I’ve observed you doing the morning exercises and your peaceful protests. No Australian has ever complained. Why does the CCP persecute Falun Gong? The Chinese government should allow them to practice openly.”

Mr. Heng was adamant that former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, who initiated the persecution, should be brought to justice, “It’s very important!”

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Mr. Heng, a Chinese Malaysian

Mr. Heng said, “We overseas Chinese do our best to bring honor to the Chinese people. But the CCP brings us shame and humiliation with its crimes of persecution and organ harvesting. Overseas Chinese should step up and say ‘No!’ It’s critical!”

Governments Are Supposed to Protect People but the CCP Doesn’t.

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Bernadette (middle) and Nicole (right) sign a petition calling for an end to organ harvesting.

Bernadette and Nicole both signed the petition calling for an end to the organ harvesting in China. Bernadette said, “Governments are supposed to protect people, but the CCP doesn’t. How can it persecute people who follow Truthfulness- Compassion-Forbearance? What the Chinese government is doing is ridiculous.”

She said she sees practitioners’ activities and peaceful protests in many places, and always supports them. She’s even told others about it and asked them to sign the petition.

Nicole added, “We should expose what the Party is doing to stop it. I hope you will do more to tell people about Falun Gong. I think the CCP will collapse soon.”

Practitioner Ms. Gao helped more than 20 Chinese people quit the Communist organizations that day. She said, “Many young people from China don’t know much about the CCP’s persecution against Falun Gong. They think it has nothing to do with them, but after they read the flyer and learn more about it, they willingly quit the Communist organizations. Those who have previously quit are happy to see us and treat us like we’re old friends.”

Falun Gong practitioners have been exposing the persecution and helping people withdraw from Communist organizations in Eastwood every weekend. More and more Chinese people are learning about the persecution. Newly immigrated Chinese eagerly take the informational materials so they can know the truth about what’s going on in China.

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Sydney, Australia: Public Supports Effort to Bring Former Chinese Dictator to Justice

January 15, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Hua Qing in Sydney

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners recently held a photo exhibit and signature drive in Eastwood in Sydney.

They held banners and posters depicting the brutal torture methods the Chinese Communist regime uses to persecute Falun Gong practitioners in China. They also collected signatures in support of the lawsuits being filed against former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Jiang Zemin for initiating and directing the persecution of the spiritual practice.

More than 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners and their family members in China have filed criminal complaints against Jiang with Supreme Court and Supreme Procuratorate since May 2015.

Many local residents who passed by were touched by the practitioners’ effort. A local Chinese couple said, “You’ve come out on such a hot day to raise awareness. We support your effort to end the persecution!” The event took place on December 19, 2015.

Jiang Zemin Should Be Brought to Justice

Mr. Kari took a brochure and stayed to learn about the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong and its state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting.

He said it was the first time he had heard about how brutally the CCP persecutes cultivators who live by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. “It’s unreasonable,” was his response.

When he heard about the movement to sue Jiang Zemin, Mr. Kari said that the former dictator should be brought to justice.

He was sad to learn that many prisoners of conscience in China, including Falun Gong practitioners, are still imprisoned and risk being killed for their organs at any time so that the regime can meet the demands of its transplant industry.

He said that he would download and watch the documentary “Human Harvest” broadcast on SBS TV to learn more about the CCP’s atrocities and bring the persecution to an end as soon as possible.

Chinese Couple: What Falun Gong Practitioners Are Doing Are All Good Things

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Mr. Chen and his wife sign a petition in support of Falun Gong practitioners’ effortsto end the persecution.

Mr. Chen and his wife signed the petition that calls for Jiang to be brought to justice and for an end to the forced harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners in China.

The couple said that they appreciated what Falun Gong practitioners are doing, all of which are good things. They wanted to sign the petition to show their support and help stop the persecution.

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