On July 20, 1999, the CCP initiated the persecution of Falun Gong. Over the following nine years, hundreds of thousands were arrested and over 3,000 people are confirmed dead as a result of persecution. The actual death count is likely many times higher, as the true horrors of the persecution of Falun Gong are closely guarded state secrets, and many death reports are therefore difficult to verify. Thousands of mentally healthy Falun Gong practitioners are locked up in mental institutions, and countless have been forced to undergo brainwashing.

In addition, how many have lost their livelihood? How many people have had to leave their homes to avoid being persecuted? How many children have been orphaned? How many children have been marginalized and belittled, insulted for their faith and for their parents' faith?

Alas, what has been described as a type of evil never before seen on this planet is being perpetrated - live organ harvesting from practitioners who are custom-killed for windfall profits in the human organ trafficking trade.

Yet all of this is only the tip of the iceberg. There is no evil means that has not been used by the CCP's minions. Once all the truth of this persecution becomes known to the world, people will undoubtedly be shocked and speechless.

The CCP is able to create the most evil persecution, because it had prepared a most evil environment since the years it has come into being

The Chinese people have endured decades of brainwashing and totalitarian control, where all have to follow the dictum "What the Party says goes." Unable to speak their minds, practice their own beliefs, or challenge official policies, Chinese people have become largely robotic in their behavior. Belief in god is regarded as ignorant, abnormal, backward, and indicative of poor education. It is considered anti-science. People criticize and destroy things that the Party does not approve of.

In such an environment, the CCP launched its persecution of Falun Gong, using deception and outright lies to stir up public hatred. As a result, it is very difficult for the public in China to feel sympathy for the victims. In addition, the CCP's violent tools have tamed the Chinese people. Cynicism has become fully ingrained in the Chinese people as a survival mechanism. In taking full advantage of an information blockade and deceitful propaganda, the CCP was able to make it so that many people do not believe in the existence of the persecution, or believe that it is much less severe than in fact it truly is. What we can observe is a strange phenomenon. Those that do not believe in this systemized brutality are nevertheless aware that Falun Gong is the most sensitive topic in China. They are fully aware that it is very dangerous to speak up for Falun Gong. People harass and brutally treat practitioners, even kill them, yet still publicly deny the existence of the persecution. They do not allow the atrocities they commit to become open knowledge and pretend that they never occurred.

The CCP's persecution of Falun Gong is an outgrowth of China's economic development. The CCP is forced to grant more freedom to people and let go of a multitude of regulations. This made Chinese people pursue material life and allowed them to become major players in the world economy. The Chinese people are intelligent and industrious. With overseas investment and technology, it is understandable that an economic boom was achieved. However, the CCP used this phenomenon for its own purpose, has stolen people's initiative, and taken economic development hostage, using it as their authority to rule China. The CCP used economic development and twisted it to become the Party's marching call, a new form of ideology sanctioned by the CCP.

Everyone blindly pursues economic development. The CCP brainwashed the entire nation into believing in the pursuit of money. The pursuit of money is replacing the belief in communism. But economic reform has resulted in loss of social justice and formed a social fabric that is based on and immersed in fear. Employment, medical services, housing, education, social security and income are major problems in Chinese society. Child laborers are found in the brick kilns of Shangxi, the "beautiful Lake Taihu" is filled with polluted and dirty water, and large-scale uprisings for people's rights are found in every corner of China. Despite all this, the CCP still claims that Chinese live in a "peaceful and prosperous time," something never experienced in the past.

The superficial economic boom, where quick success and immediate gain is perceived as the rule, was twisted into another reason for the CCP to persecute Falun Gong.

The CCP threatens and bribes overseas politicians and businessmen. It aggressively penetrates the overseas media and political circles, establishes overseas pro-communist media and community groups, and buys the loyalty of small countries, so they wave the CCP flag and support it internationally. China is the biggest market in this world, with a population of over one billion. Under CCP rule, China has hard-working and smart but cheap laborers, has territory to dole out, has resources to develop, has an environment for investors to pollute, and has an unyielding system to limit independent trade unions and independent media. Economic interests and enticements lure overseas politicians and merchants into the CCP's hands. The CCP thus achieved pacifism from foreign politicians and business people. These people, in their greed, pretend ignorance of the CCP's persecution of human rights, and don't give a hoot about public opinion. They even cater to the CCP without blinking an eye and ask favors on the sly.

Student associations, fellowship associations, Chinese schools, professional associations and others in the Chinese community are all targets of CCP infiltration. The CCP ensnares Chinese people who work in Western governments. They lobby them and make them their political spokespersons. All the above are the tools of the CCP, used to stop many people from believing in the existence of the persecution, among them some Western politicians. Having accepted favors and hoping for future favors, these people do not dare to stand up and condemn the CCP. They end up helping a tyrant do evil in exchange for financial benefit.

This persecution is full of deceit, confusion and brutality. This persecution not only lacks resistance among the Chinese populace in China, but also abroad, where the CCP has silenced true international outcry and pressure. World governments have been effectively silenced, hoodwinked by the CCP. Thus, the CCP persecutes Falun Gong practitioners with impunity and with the knowledge that no one will chastise them.

The power of righteous faith

The CCP claimed that it would destroy Falun Gong within three months. Nine years have passed since the onset of the persecution. Not only does Falun Gong continue to exist, but it has spread throughout the world. Facing the inhuman environment in China, Falun Gong practitioners have not gone underground. They have not renounced their belief in the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Instead they practice Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance while opposing this evil persecution. The CCP spreads poison and practitioners expose it. Practitioners explain the truth publicly. Practitioners have begun to clarify the truth about Falun Gong on the streets in China and around the world. Practitioners have established their own media, including satellite worldwide television, radio, newspaper networks, and many websites. Practitioners established Minghui Schools and art academies that bring honor to traditional Chinese culture. Some people want to know where the money came from. This is because they really do not understand what cultivators are like. People without a true belief system, who only believe in money, especially since the CCP worships money, cannot fathom that someone is willing to volunteer and support it with funds out of their own pocket, such as it is done by Falun Dafa practitioners.

Given practitioners' tireless efforts, more and more people understand the truth, and publicly speak for Falun Gong. Gao Zhisheng, Guo Feixiong, Li Heping, Teng Biao, Li Subin, Wen Haibo and other mainland Chinese attorneys dare to publicly defend practitioners. Falun Gong practitioners set an example. Their peaceful and non-violent merciful acts have shown the full truth about this practice. Practitioners do not fight back when beaten or cursed. They have shown the realm of cultivators, have proven the CCP's propaganda a lie and proven that Falun Dafa is a righteous form of cultivation.

Ancient Chinese culture has been passed down through the ages and is again being resurrected. After having been overtaken by communism and several decades of isolation from the rest of the world at the turn of the century, China has again become the focus of the world. Can all this be accidental? Certainly not. It is because a major drama arranged in remote history needs to unfold in this period of time. China had to play its role on this big stage - that of Falun Gong spreading from China, and spreading the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to the world.

In this chaotic society, morals are sliding day-by-day; war, hatred and desire are everywhere. And yet Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance has arisen from China and is indeed the most important principle to China and the world.

In the future, people will recall this soul-stirring war between good and evil. They might remember it only as a myth. However, when the truth is fully known, the world will understand that Falun Gong practitioners safeguarded Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance so humanity would have a bright future.

This is the bright light in the darkness; grandness revealed in a corrupted world.