New York: A Call for an End to the Ten-Year Persecution
(Clearwisdom.net) On the evening of July 20, 2009, the tenth year of Falun Gong practitioners' effort to end the persecution, nearly a thousand Falun Gong practitioners in the New York area and their supporters gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy. Several practitioners from China recounted their experiences of being persecuted. They called upon people from all walks of life to see clearly the wicked nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and work together to stop the CCP's decade-long brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
Pan Qi: I hope that Chinese people will hear the truth and bear in mind "Falun Dafa is good"
Pan Qi was in her junior year at college in 1996 when she and her elder sister began practicing Falun Gong. They enjoyed the happiness of being healthy both physically and mentally. However, on July 20, 1999, the persecution started. Ms. Pan was held in a dark room where she was handcuffed to a metal window frame with the tips of her toes above the ground. When she was released from the hanging torture, her hands were numb, and had turned black. For refusing to give up her belief in Falun Gong, Ms. Pan was sent to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang City where she was subjected to all kinds of gross abuse. After her one-year term expired, she was forced into a mental hospital to be force-fed drugs that could damage her central nervous system. She saw another practitioner who had been previously locked up in the mental hospital. She had been tortured so severely that her eyes were dull.
Now that Ms. Pan lives in a free society, her biggest hope is that more Chinese people will learn the facts, help stop the ongoing inhuman persecution, bear in mind that "Falun Dafa is good" and have a wonderful future.
Ge Jia: Only when the CCP is gone can the persecution be stopped
Ms. Ge Jia worked in a television station. She was gifted. She was arrested four times for going to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong and clarify the facts. She was subjected to gross mistreatment and humiliation in the Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp in Beijing. After she was released from the camp, the local police frequently went to her workplace and residence to harass her endlessly. She was forced to be divorced from her husband. Ms. Ge said that the CCP has committed monstrous crimes. Without the CCP, the Chinese people will have a new life. Only with the disintegration of the CCP will the persecution be stopped.
Dr. Damon: Harvesting organs from living people, the most evil crime on earth
Dr. Damon Noto works at a big hospital in New Jersey. He said that evidence has proved from multiple angles that the CCP has harvested organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit. It is unprecedented, the most evil crime on earth. In the near future, people will be shocked over the horrendous persecution. He hoped more people can learn the facts and help stop all the crimes.
Liu Guohua: Falun Gong is a great symbol of the righteous conquering the evil
Mr. Liu Guohua, a supporter from the community spoke at the rally. He said, "Today is the tenth year that Falun Gong practitioners have resisted the CCP's tyranny. Ten years ago. The CCP and Jiang's clique claimed they would eradicate Falun Gong in three months. Today, ten years have passed. Falun Gong is not destroyed; instead, it has become even stronger, more popular and has entered deep into people's hearts. Over the past ten years, Falun Dafa has been spread to 110 countries and regions in America, Asia, Australia, Oceania, Europe and Africa. At the same time, we also see that the CCP and Jiang's clique have hit with lawsuits in over 30 countries, with over one hundred charges filed against them."
Mr. Liu said that the ten-year history clearly shows that the persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP and Jiang's clique has completely failed. Falun Gong has resisted the persecution for ten years, and has become a shining chapter in human history. Falun Gong has become a great symbol in human history that light triumphs over darkness, and the righteous conquers the evil.
Zhang Huan: Ten-year effort enables more people to learn about the facts
Ms. Zhang Huan is an assistant manger of an import and export company in Manhattan. She also came to the rally in front of the Chinese Embassy. She hopes that people will wake up soon and help stop this most evil persecution.
Many of Zhang Huan's colleagues also came from China. When the persecution started, they did not understand Falun Gong, and thought that if [you are]not allowed to practice, then you should just stop practicing it. Ms. Zhang kept in mind at all time that she is a cultivator of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance, and clarified the facts about Falun Gong, telling them why Falun Gong practitioners should clarify the facts, not only for themselves but for the Chinese people not to be deceived and have a wonderful future.
Ten years have passed. Ms. Zhang's colleagues now have a clearer understanding of Falun Gong. One of her colleagues suffered an illness and was unable to cure it. She had to go back to China to seek a cure from Chinese medicine. Ms. Zhang introduced her to Falun Gong. She said she would like to try it after she returned from China.
Recently, Ms. Zhang had a new neighbor who came from China. She did not want to listen to Ms. Zhang clarify the facts about Falun Gong to her. After getting to know Ms. Zhang for two months, she said, "Even my son does not treat me as well as my neighbor."
Volunteer at "Nine Commentaries Center" in Flushing: Over the past ten years, the world's people have seen that "Falun Dafa is really great."
Liu Yan and Gao Guifen have been clarifying the facts at the "Nine Commentaries Center" [Quit-the-CCP center] in Flushing. They were both from Beijing and started practicing Falun Gong in 1993 and 1994 respectively. She said, "Today, it is July 20. Ten years ago, the CCP started to wantonly arrest Falun Gong practitioners. Today, we are here to tell the world's people about the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong. People's attitudes have also gone through great changes in the past ten years. In the first few years after the persecution started, people were indifferent when they distributed flyers in Manhattan. It is different now. It seems that people have awakened. Last year, when a group of people assaulted practitioners in Flushing, the public dared not come close to us to take the newspaper [The Epoch Times]. They understand now and come to support the practitioners. They ask for the newspaper on their own initiative."
Ms. Liu and Ms. Gao both have personally experienced persecution so they had deep feelings. They said that in the past ten years, Falun Gong practitioners have been continually clarifying the facts while suffering brutal persecution, and their dedication has moved many people. People truly see that "Falun Dafa is good, " and truly witness Falun Dafa practitioners' compassion and kindness. Though the CCP's slander and lies were overwhelming, after all is said and done, the righteous prevails.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline for mind and body. The practice involves slow, gentle movements and meditation. It is easy to learn, enjoyable to practice, and free of charge. Its principles are based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The practice began in China in 1992 and quickly spread by word of mouth throughout China and then beyond. Its beneficial effects in uplifting an individual's physical, mental, and spiritual health, not to mention its positive influence in the community and society as a whole, have been undeniable. In fact, Falun Gong is practiced by over 100 million people over 110 countries. The main works of Falun Gong are available in over 30 languages.
On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a brutal persecution of Falun Gong. Since the start of the persecution, Falun Gong practitioners throughout the world have been constantly speaking out about the truth of Falun Gong and exposing the CCP's crimes in a tireless effort to end the persecution.