Issued by Clearwisdom Net
On April 18, 2007, in conjunction with Amnesty International, practitioners in Michigan held two forums about the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. One forum was held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the other at Michigan State University in Lansing. Approximately two hundred faculty members and students attended.
Mr. David Kilgour (right) calls for an end to the CCP's crimes against humanity
Mr. David Kilgour, a former member of Parliament and Canadian Secretary of State for the Asia-Pacific region, and Mr. Li Xiangchun, a Falun Gong practitioner, gave speeches at the forums. Mr. Li introduced Falun Gong and its spreading around the world to the audience. Then, he told the audience how he was tortured in a Chinese prison. He pointed out that to keep its power, the CCP dares to commit any kind of crime.
Mr. Kilgour told the audience that after he and human rights lawyer Mr. David Matas published their investigation report on the CCP's harvesting organs in July of 2006, they found 15 new items of evidence, which prompted them to publish a new independent investigation report ("Bloody Harvest," released in January 2007). He said that all the evidence together strongly points to the reality of illegal organ harvesting taking place in China. He pointed out that the new evidence indicates that the CCP's army is also involved.
Mr. Kilgour called upon the audience to take action to stop the CCP's crimes against humanity. He suggested that American hospitals not train Chinese doctors to conduct organ transplants, and that American patients not go to China to have organ transplants. Mr. Kilgour suggested that world citizens call upon their governments and athletes to boycott the Olympic Games in China in 2008. He pointed out that the crime of harvesting organs is against the Olympic spirit.
The audience was shocked by the truth exposed at the forums. Somebody asked about Western governments' attitudes. Mr. Kilgour answered that many Western governments cannot uphold the principles of human rights and democracy in the face of economic benefits.
Another person asked how the Chinese government reacted to the investigation report. Mr. Kilgour answered that the Chinese government made an announcement, but it didn't gave any evidence to disprove the report. Mr. Kilgour said this means that the CCP admitted the truth of the report. He told the audience that many independent investigation groups, as well himself and Mr. David Matas, applied for visas to go to China for further investigation, but all the applications were rejected, which shows that the Chinese government has something to hide.
A Korean doctor in the audience said that it is really brutal to harvest organs from living people. She said: "We should not hold the Olympic Games in such a country, and we should not do business with such a country."
James, from Singapore, said that he heard about Falun Gong before. He said, "It is a good time to exert pressure on the Chinese government before the Olympic Games." Another college student said, "It shocks me. It should stop. A tyrant's power is dangerous. We should take action to stop the persecution."
Mike, a businessman, said, "Western society should exert pressure on
Chinese government." He said that he would tell more people about the
crime of organ harvesting.
Melbourne Service Center for Quitting the CCP and other groups in Australia held a parade and rally in downtown Melbourne on Saturday, April 21, 2007. They supported the 20.9 million brave Chinese people quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations. They also celebrated that the CCP evil specter being uprooted. They called upon more people to awaken their inner hearts, disintegrate the Party culture, and greet a new China without the Communist Party. People from all walks of life participated in the parade in the rain.
Grand parade procession supporting the 20 million brave people quitting the CCP organizations marching through Melbourne
The parade started at 1:00 p.m. The Divine Land Marching Band especially came from Sydney to lead the parade procession. The majestic and vigorous music reverberated in the sky. People stopped to watch, and many vehicles passing by honked to express their support. People in the parade held banners reading "Congratulate 20 Million Brave Chinese Who Quit the Communist Party," "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party Inspired Courage in Chinese People to Quit the Chinese Communist Party," "CCP Evil Specter Has Been Uprooted," "Withdrawals Hasten the Collapse of the CCP" and placards displaying photos that expose the CCP's inhumane persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and live organs harvesting.
Mr. Chen from Taiwan heard about the news and especially came to see the parade. He said that he had not expected that the parade for quitting the CCP was so well organized and on such a large scale. Seeing the procession marching in the rain, he was very moved, and said that he was very confident upon seeing this scene: "The CCP will definitely collapse!" He then took the initiatives to pass out flyers.
Mr. Fu from Malaysia said that he saw the advertisement in the Epoch Times newspaper and came to see the parade. He felt it was great that the Chinese people could be so bold to speak out about quitting the CCP. Many people from Malaysia cannot distinguish between the Chinese Communist Party and China. He worked in mainland China for over a dozen years, and has been very clear about the CCP's nature of fabricating lies to deceive people. He said, "The quitting the CCP is very good."
When the procession marched through Chinatown, a woman who traveled to Australia from China said that she had learned that many people have quit the CCP organizations, but had not expected that the parade outside China was so grand and vigorous. People inside China are unable to hold parades, and doing so will end up with them being arrested. They all quit the CCP organizations quietly. She could not understand why the CCP persecutes Falun Gong. She said, "Falun Gong is just a group that teaches people to better their health and be good people, why does the CCP suppress it?" She also said that the CCP regime is corrupt beyond words. Every official is corrupt, but nobody dares to look into it, because the investigation will ultimately lead to the highest ranking officials. The common people are very angry but dare not speak out. They will be suppressed if they dare to speak out. The judicial departments received bribes from both plaintiffs and defendants. Who gave the larger bribe is who would win the case. There is a great disparity between the rich and the poor in China, and the common people live a bitter life.
A tourist from Malta said that a person has no right to kill others, neither does a political party. He took a copy of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, and said he would read it carefully. He said he was fortunate to live in a democratic country, and said that the Communist Party is bad.
A Chinese man from Malaysia said that it was rare to see such a large scale Chinese parade, and such a majestic and vigorous marching band. When seeing the portion in the procession that exposed the CCP's live organ harvesting and the persecution of Falun Gong, he was shocked, and could not comprehend why there is such a thing occurring. He said he felt the CCP is too cruel.
A man from Taiwan said that he had heard about the grand trend of quitting the CCP. He encouraged such an effort. A young western lady just came back from Shanghai, China. When seeing the parade for quitting the CCP, she said in Chinese, "Very good." An Indian man said that there are also several hundred million people in India, but the Indian people have freedom. When he saw the simulated torture exhibit pass by, he felt it was inconceivable for such a persecution to be happening in China.
When the procession passed by a shoe shop, the owner Parslow said that every time he saw the parade for quitting the CCP, he supported it and felt it was very good to call for improving human rights in such a way. The Divine Land Marching Band that took the lead was quite impressive. He said that the CCP's evil deeds are terrifying, and living under the CCP's rule will bring one bad luck.
Two young men who immigrated to Australia seven years ago, Gillor and Taule'alo, felt the parade was well-organized, and the theme of the parade was very important and touching. Particularly the Divine Land Marching Band's performance was great.
An Australian gentleman named Jaqurery felt the scale of parade was much larger than previous parades. He requested the reporter to wish Chinese people good luck.
Mr. Lin, trombonist in the Divine Land Marching Band said that the rain was heavy today, adding a somewhat solemn and stirring feeling to the parade. He could see passersby very amazed, and some people cried.
At 2:30 p.m. after the parade, people attending the parade held a rally in the City Square in downtown Melbourne despite the rain. Spokesperson for the Service Center for Quitting the CCP hosted the rally. Many guests made speeches. There were representatives of the Green Party from New South Wales Richard Dinatele, Ms. Robyn Kilpatrick from Amnesty International, Vice President of the Federation for a Democratic China (FDC) Liang Youcan, former CCP police officer Hao Fengjun, former Mayor Maribynong, City Councilor Ms. Rice, Spokesperson for the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) Xiao Zhonghua, former Olympic Silver Medalist in Swimming Ms. Jan Becker, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Dai Zhizhen, Melbourne Service Center for Quitting the CCP representative Ling Ming, Falun Gong practitioner Lin Hong who escaped from mainland China, the Epoch Times representative and other guests.
Melbourne Service Center for Quitting the CCP representative Ling Ming said in his speech, "Today, we are here to support the 20 million withdrawals from the CCP organizations, right now, regardless of whether they are CCP high-ranking officials or ordinary people, they have joined the grand trend of quitting the CCP that inspired by the Nine Commentaries. The CCP's root has been pulled out. We call upon all Chinese people and the world's people to join in this great trend of quitting the CCP, and clearly understand the CCP's wicked nature. The more people who quit the CCP, the quicker the CCP will collapse. We will have a wonderful future. A new China without the Communist Party will soon arrive."
Representative of the Green Party Richard Dinatele said that we cannot only talk about the economy without talking about the value of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, basic human rights and the value of equity. When having a dialogue with China, we must insist on human rights. Several years ago, who could imagine that there would be 20 million brave people to quit the CCP organizations.
Ms. Robyn Kikpatrick from Amnesty International said that there are many human rights problems in China. But today we mainly talk about what is behind the so-called economic miracle in China. In China, a large number of children labors and peasant labors have made huge contribution to the construction of China. But their situation is miserable. China maintains control of 60% of the economy and oil in Sudan, and at the same time, exports weapons to the country. So, the CCP not only persecutes Chinese people, but also people in other countries.
Vice President of the Federation for a Democratic China Liang Youcan said that those brave people who have quit the CCP organizations have chosen an even more beautiful future with courage and pride.
Former CCP police officer Hao Fengjun said that more and more people have quit the CCP, and all that lawyer Gao and others have done for human rights is a model for all Chinese people.
Former Melbourne Mayor Maribynong and City Councilor Ms. Rice said that Falun Gong practitioners are suffering persecution in China, everybody knows it, what can we do in Australia? Australia and China have a close economic relationship, Australian Foreign Minister Downer's claim "no connection between economy and human rights" is disagreeable and unacceptable. We should exert influence over China through our economic relationship, so as to stop the CCP's criminal act of live organ harvesting. We also can inform more people and MPs, such as the situation of live organ harvesting. She finally said that we will ultimately triumph.
Former Olympic silver medalist in swimming Ms. Jan Becker said that
we should call upon the International Olympic Committee and other
organizations to urge the investigation over the CCP's live organ
harvesting and stop such crimes. During the world swimming competition
held recently in Melbourne, she had conveyed to the organizers the
CCP's crimes of persecuting Falun Gong and live organ harvesting. She
thought that the CCP's conduct has completely violated the Olympic