"We Need Such An International Day!" -- United Nations International Day to Support Torture Victims in Seattle (Photos)
Comments from Seattle residents:
"We need such an International Day!"
"Why did all these happen?"
"Has the American government done anything to help?"
This year's United Nations International Day to Support Torture Victims fell on a weekend. Falun Gong practitioners in Washington State held an Anti-Torture Exhibition in Victor Steinbrueck Part in Downtown Seattle. Their torture demonstration exposed brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China and became a rare scene in a free western country.
Passersby stopped to watch the demo. They were shocked and merged into deep thought. Many people gained a deeper understanding of the persecution through the demo. They signed their names to call for Washington State government to help rescue Falun Gong practitioners in China. Local TV, Channel 4, interviewed Falun Gong practitioners.
Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated four torture methods: digging bamboo sticks into fingers, being confined in a solitary compartment, torturing force-feeding and tiger bench. Falun Gong practitioners explained the demo to the audience in English, Chinese and Spanish. Even those who don't know Chinese listened very carefully and showed great concern.
A Falun Gong practitioner asked three Chinese women at the exhibition if they had heard about the persecution. They said they didn't know about it because they didn't have any friend or relative who practiced Falun Gong. The Falun Gong practitioners told them Jiang Zemin's regime had been covering up the persecution. The women said the public wouldn't have tolerated it if they had known these facts.
An American man originally thought such an exhibition would harm the city's image and didn't have anything to do with Americans. Falun Gong practitioners told him that the persecution has been carried out secretively in China. Many Falun Gong practitioners' family didn't know it until they were tortured to death. Falun Gong practitioners exposed the persecution in American and told people the facts of the persecution through the media and by word of mouth. It is bad for deceived people to assist with the crime. After it dawned upon the man why Falun Gong practitioners held this exhibition, he praised the practitioners for their sense of public responsibility.
Some Chinese who passed the park were reluctant to sign their names for fear of the Chinese government's retaliation, but they were glad to visit the exhibition and talk to Falun Gong practitioners.
Anti-Torture Exhibition shook people's heart. They invited their friends to come see what is happening in China. Many asked about self-cultivation and said they would go to the next exercise instruction class.
Demonstrations of torture methods