Manhattan: "In the Name of Justice" (Photos) --A report on the "Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice" section of the Falun Dafa parade on November 20 in Manhattan
(Clearwisdom.net) On November 20, 2004, Falun Gong practitioners held a grand parade in Manhattan, New York City. Among the various sections of the parade, one section entitled, "Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice," drew a lot of attention. Walking solemnly, practitioners carried dozens of signs printed with information about the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin around the world.
At the front of the "Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice" section of the parade was a practitioner dressed in a judge's robes and two practitioners in white robes, symbolic of Justice, holding a balance and sword. They represented the impartiality and dignity of the law. Behind them, a large banner read, "In the Name of Justice." Behind these figures, practitioners walked solemnly, holding signs stating that many countries, including the United States, Korea, Spain, Germany, and Belgium have already filed lawsuits against Jiang Zemin. More practitioners in judges' attire walked beside them.
The volunteer organizer of this section of the parade, Mr. Liu, told this reporter that the intent of the "Justice" section was to send two clear signals: First, it wished to tell the world that Jiang Zemin was the primary person responsible for the persecution of Falun Gong. Because of his jealousy, Jiang used the power in his hands to persecute Falun Gong, resulting in thousands of families being broken apart, and over one-thousand practitioners losing their lives. This crime of genocide is not only against the kind and honest Falun Gong practitioners but also against all people of the world. Secondly, the practitioners want the world to know that in the past a few years, Falun Gong practitioners have turned to the law and filed lawsuits against Jiang the world over. No matter whether in the courts of law or in the court of conscience, we will bring the main criminal and his followers to justice.
Banner calling for an end to the violence against women Falun Gong practitioners
Banners and posters showing the torture of Falun Gong practitioners in China
One practitioner in the section said that for a long period of time after the persecution started on July 20 1999, the Falun Gong practitioners contacted various levels of government to tell them the truth about Falun Gong. They believed that the Chinese government was trustworthy and would listen, and hoped that the government would correct the wrong decision of the persecution. But Jiang Zemin, being selfish and jealous, insisted on carrying out the persecution and even escalated the persecution more and more. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been sent to forced labor camps, detained in brainwashing centers, illegally sentenced to jails, and many have been tortured to death while in custody. Countless families have been torn apart. Now Jiang is facing global public trials, all resulting from his own crimes. The practitioner continued, saying that the law of Heaven is judging everyone. Jiang has made his own choice regarding his future. We hope that the new Chinese leadership will not be unwise and choose to partner with Jiang Zemin.
As the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Jiang in America, Ms. Terry Marsh said that no country in the world allows genocide and torture as state-sanctioned actions. She also stressed that this lawsuit is not against China. This is a lawsuit against a former country leader who gained power with illegal methods. He infringed on the dignity of all countries. She said that we were facing a historical choice and we had an opportunity to place ourselves on the correct side of justice.
Through this bold call for justice, we saw the true hope for the world.