Borough of Forest Hills A Proclamation Supporting the Falun Gong

Whereas, Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a world wide recognized body, mind and spiritual practice that offers great health benefits and principles which promotes contributing to society; and

Whereas, during the past three years, practitioners of Falun Gong in China have been labeled cultists, persecuted, arrested, beaten and treated inhumanely; and

Whereas, the Chinese government's actions against Falun Gong practitioners represent a severe example of the crushing of human rights and civil liberties; and

Whereas, the United States State Department condemned the action of the Chinese Government and asked China to respect freedom of thought, conscience, and religion and allow all persons to practice their religious beliefs freely.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the Borough Council of the Borough of Forest Hills condemns the violence and repression against Falun Gong practitioners in China.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and cause the seal of the Borough of Forest Hills this 22nd day of January, 2003.

Michael Belmonte

President-Borough Council