San Jose City Council Announces Support for Human Rights of Falun Gong Practitioners
(Clearwisdom.net) During a routine monthly meeting on September 4, the City Council of San Jose, California announced its support and intention to protect the lawful beliefs, exercises and other related activities of Falun Gong practitioners in San Jose.
Councilman Chuck Reed read the announcement, after which he and Mayor Ron Gonzales jointly presented it to Alan Zeng, the representative of San Jose's Falun Gong practitioners. Alan gave a brief speech, expressing gratitude to Mayor Ron Gonzales, Councilman Chuck Reed and to other members of the City Council for their concern and support for the basic human rights of Falun Gong practitioners. Alan also directed international attention towards the human rights situation of Falun Gong practitioners in China. He asked for help in stopping the escalating persecution by the Chinese government.
Many members of the San Jose Human Rights Committee were present at this meeting. After seeing the peaceful exercises of Falun Gong practitioners, the Committee members were perplexed by the Chinese government's behavior. Human Rights Committee members also requested and put on yellow badges which state, "I support Falun Gong." This expressed their support for the peaceful appeal of Falun Gong practitioners.