(Clearwisdom.net) Minghui Net correspondent Xing Rui reports from Toronto - On October 29, 2004, despite the fine drizzle, Falun Gong practitioners from Toronto area, Canada gathered in front of the Chinese Consulate in Toronto and held a news conference, calling the Chinese authorities to stop persecuting Falun gong and demanding to bring chief perpetrators including Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Liu Jing and Zhou Yong Kang to justice. After the news conference, practitioners held the Chinese and English display banners and went to nearby busy streets to openly express their appeal to the entire society which drew attention from numerous people who stopped to ask practitioners from more information.

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Bring the chief perpetrators in the persecution of Falun Gong to justice

Out of his own jealousy and personal will, Jiang Zemin overrode the law and launched a comprehensive suppression of Falun Gong. Jiang's faction has adopted all kinds of brutal means at all times and from all over the world to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. The deaths of 1099 Falun Gong practitioners have been verified in the persecution. Death cases are spread over more than 30 provinces and other regions in China.

Toronto Falun Gong spokesperson Mr. John Zhang read out a statement at the news conference, and enumerated the major crimes committed by Jiang, Luo, Liu and Zhou in persecuting Falun Gong. The statement also expressed Falun Gong practitioners' determination in bringing these chief criminals to justice. Jiang is the initiator and director of this more-than-5-year-long persecution which has affected hundreds of millions of people. Out of his jealousy and addiction to his personal power, he went his own way to initiate the oppression of Falun Gong. He implemented the genocide policies against millions of Falun Gong practitioners in China, which included, " Defame their reputation, bankrupt them financially and destroy them physically;" If practitioners are "beaten to death it is nothing and shall be counted as suicide;" "Cremate their body directly without verifying the identity." Luo Gan, Liu Jing and Zhou Yongkang have assisted him to do the evil. They actively planned, directed, supervised and pushed the cruel suppression against Falun Gong. Their hands are all stained with innocent practitioners' blood. Therefore, they must be brought to justice.

Mr. Zhang also introduced to reporters the measures Falun Gong practitioners have taken to uphold justice: In January 2003, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police listed 45 Chinese officials, "610 Office" personnel, and officers in forced labor camps, including the four chief perpetrators, to be monitored. Once these people enter Canada, the RCMP can immediately open an investigation. On March 12, 2004, torture victim, 63-year-old Professor Zhang Kunlun entrusted lawyers Mr. David Matas and Mr. Greenspon to file a lawsuit in Canada against the chief perpetrators, including Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Liu Jing, Wu Guanzheng and 18 other Chinese officials who participated in the persecution against Professor Zhang Kunlun.

Falun Gong practitioners in Canada launched an appeal drive to support the lawsuit. More than 10,000 Canadians have signed their names on postcards in support. The postcards were sent to office of the Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General. The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Mr. Irwin Cotler wrote back to Canadian Falun Dafa Association a month ago, stating that as long as either victim or the criminal is Canadian citizen, Canada would have the right to sue those who is suspected to have committed genocide, war and crimes against humanities. Canada is not and will not become a harbor for those criminals who committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and other crimes that cannot be tolerated, no matter where and when they committed the crimes.

Mr. Zhang introduced that recently Toronto Falun Gong practitioners have been preparing to file a lawsuit against Jiang Zemin and others who are accountable for committing torture crimes. A group of lawyers representing practitioners are now preparing the case. The lawyers are offering their services free of charge, since they have learned the truth about Falun Gong and the peaceful and kind practitioners experiencing persecution in China.

In addition, Mr. Zhang said that currently in North America and Europe, especially in the United States, Falun Gong practitioners and some personnel with a sense of justice are working toward forming a special tribunal to put the prime criminals on trial, just like the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals after the Second World War.

Canadian government and international society express support of Falun Gong, call for an end to the persecution and the release of incarcerated practitioners

In the past more than five years of the persecution, Canadian practitioners and practitioners throughout the world have persisted in following the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. They have always been rational and peaceful and keep explaining the facts, exposing the persecution to the public, which allow more and more people learn about the truth. They have also won support from the Canadian government and more and more Canadian people, who helps to stop the persecution and rescue imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners in China.

On October 24, 2002, the Canadian Parliament unanimously passed a motion to support Falun Gong. It also requested the Canadian Prime Minister, when attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, to urge Jiang Zemin to release 13 imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners who are family members of Canadian citizens, so that they would be able to reunite with their families. With practitioners' effort and support from Canadian Members of Parliament and the government, as of October, 2004, 11 of these 13 practitioners have gained freedom. One of them, a senior engineer from the Chinese Construction Department, gold prize winner for China's national outstanding engineering design, Mr. He Lizhi was released in January 2004 after being unlawfully imprisoned for 3 years and 6 months in China. Thanks to the efforts of the Canadian government and various NGOs, he finally came to Canada and reunited with his wife in Toronto.

Practitioner Ms. Wan Yanying from Toronto also addressed at the press conference. She called for an end to the persecution and called for immediate release of all detained Falun Gong practitioners. Ms. Wang said, "Falun Gong practitioners try to become better people by cultivating themselves according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance. Their moral standard is improved and it is extremely beneficial for the society without any harm. Jiang faction suppresses such a group of good people, illegally arrests them, send them to labor camps and tortures them." Ms. Wang's husband and son had been incarcerated in labor camps for practicing Falun Gong in China. Later, through Canadian government's effort and people's appeal, they gained early release. Ms. Wang said, "My family members had been imprisoned in labor camps and subjected to torture for their practice of Falun Gong. This has caused huge damage to my family members both physically and mentally. Jiang faction does not only persecute Falun Gong in China, but it also exports the persecution to other countries. Through Chinese Consulates, they exert diplomatic pressure on other countries' governments, in an attempt to prevent them from supporting Falun Gong. At the same time, they threaten and buy overseas Chinese organizations over. As a result, overseas Chinese people are also deeply influenced by the hate propaganda. Today, we come to the Chinese Consulate to hold this activity, we hope to convey the following message through the overseas Chinese representatives, please immediately stop the persecution of Falun Gong, immediately release all incarcerated practitioners, bring the prime criminals to justice, and ensure the human rights of Falun Gong practitioners and all Chinese people be truly protected."

More and more Chinese people gradually learn the truth

After the news conference, Falun Gong practitioners held up various kinds of Chinese and English banners with words, "Falun Dafa", "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance" and "Bring Jiang, Luo, Liu and Zhou to justice" went on nearby busy streets, so as to allow more Canadian people to learn about the facts of the persecution. In the meantime, practitioners appealed to the entire society to help stop the persecution and bring the chief perpetrators to justice.

This was done during the afternoon rush hour. Practitioners' bright banners and signs were especially eye-catching under the cloudy and rainy sky. Many people passing by stopped to talk and ask for more information. A good number of passengers on buses turned around to look at the banners. Some opened their vehicle windows to ask for the materials. When Chinese people walked by and saw the slogan, "Bring Jiang, Luo, Liu and Zhou to justice", they looked shocked. Some smiled with understanding.

Some business and tourist delegations from China passed by. Seeing so many Falun Gong practitioners openly appeal for an end to the persecution on streets, they were shocked, since the propaganda in China leads them to believe that Falun Gong is not welcome anywhere. Many people curiously accepted practitioners' truth-clarifying materials and hurriedly read them. Some still turned their heads and watched back after they walked far away. Seeing this, some practitioners caught up with them and chatted with them, telling them that Falun Gong is warmly received in more than 60 countries in the world and has won broad support and numerous awards. In Canada, the Governor General of Canada and several hundred Parliament Members, Mayors and City Council Members have publicly expressed their support and issued proclamations to honor Falun Gong.

In China, however, out of jealousy, Jiang Zemin took his own course to suppress Falun Gong. In fact, he does not represent the entire Chinese government. He and other prime criminals must be held accountable for what they have committed. The Chinese people carefully listened and pondered. Practitioners then told those delegation members that in fact many people from other countries practice Falun Gong. Many Chinese people kept nodding their heads in agreement as practitioners explained the true situation to them.

A middle-aged woman who looked like a leader said after listening to the practitioners' words that her position would not allow her to show her attitude. But she could not help telling the practitioner, "Please rest assured, I understand all of this." She also waved the truth-clarifying literature that the practitioner handed to her and sincerely said, "I'll read them in private later." In the end, she shook hands with the practitioner and told her to take good care of herself.

We believe that with practitioners' consistent effort in clarifying the truth and with the collective effort from all people with a sense of justice, as more and more Chinese people and people throughout the world learn about the facts of the persecution, in the near future, the prime criminals who ruthlessly persecute the innocent good people will be eventually be brought to justice. It is just like what is said in the statement of the news conference, "Today, we demand to bring Jiang, Luo, Liu, and Zhou to justice. We would like to send this message to Jiang's faction and to all people of the world that evildoers must be held accountable for what they have committed. We will use various legal measures and other ways to expose to the entire world the crimes committed by Jiang's regime in the persecution of Falun Gong. Their crimes will be investigated until all prime criminals are brought to justice."