On March 29, 2002 Radio Free Asia reported that the police in Beijing's Haidian District Public Security Bureau have confirmed that American Jason Pomerleau and his girlfriend, Canadian student Christine Loftus were detained on March 28th in Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing. Jason's mother, Mrs. Pomerleau said that most of her family members practice Falun Gong and because of their practice they have healthier bodies and minds.
On that same day Radio Free Asia also reported that Jilin Province in China is suffering the worst spring drought in two decades. More than 2 million hectares [a metric unit of area equal 10,000 sq m or 2.471 acres] of farmland are affected; the cornfields are dry and the ground is cracked down to about one to two meters deep. The spring drought in Shandong Province is also very serious this year -- more than 2 million people cannot get enough drinking water, 1.8 million hectares of farmland are affected and 500,000 livestock do not have water to drink. A hostess in a hotel in Jinan City said that Baotu Spring, "The First Spring Under Heaven" in Jinan City, has dried up.
Central News Agency March 28th special dispatch from Ottawa: On March 27 and 28, practitioners held a hunger strike appeal in front of Canada's Foreign Affairs Ministry building to call for urgent action from the Canadian government to condemn and stop the Chinese government's abuse and murder of Falun Gong practitioners in Changchun City. Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto, Vancouver and Quebec have held hunger strike appeals in their own cities.
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Today, 123 people published solemn announcements declaring that all that they have written, said and done under the evil's forced brainwashing and high-pressure persecution that didn't conform to Dafa is completely void. From now on, they will dedicate their lives to making up for the losses they caused to Dafa, clarifying the truth to people and catching up with Teacher's Fa-rectification process. á
I made lawful appeals for Falun Dafa and was detained illegally by the police many times. My husband was tortured to death by the police. At the detention center, I was force-fed and dragged to the hospital for intravenous infusions. I clarified the truth to people in the courtyard, gaining the sympathy and understanding of those kind people who listened. Now I have been forced to become homeless to avoid further persecution, and my child is left behind at home alone.
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From March 20, 2002 until March 22, 2002, Dafa disciples from all over the world gathered in front of the United Nations to have a peaceful appeal for their fellow practitioners under persecution in Mainland China. On the Place des Nations Square, Dafa disciples of different ethnic groups and from different countries shared experiences as if they were family members. Different languages could be heard here and there. One could really feel the harmony of Dafa disciples. "The Whole World is a Family."
On March 28, 2002, Tian Jiyun, the Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Representative Committee, visited Toronto. He tried to avoid Falun Gong practitioners and did not use the front gate of the Chinese Consulate. We are appealing to every Chinese, no matter who you are and what position you are in: please make sure you know the truth about Falun Gong, defend righteousness for the over one billion Chinese people, and try your best to stop this most vicious persecution.