Manhattan: Rally to Support Nine Million Withdrawals from the CCP and Condemn the Crimes in the Sujiatun Concentration Camp (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) (Minghui/Clearwisdom correspondent Li Jingfei reports) On the afternoon of March 25, 2006, more than 500 people from all walks of life gathered on Manhattan's Union Square in New York and held a rally to support the nine million withdrawals from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. They strongly condemned the brutal atrocities in the Sujiatun Concentration Camp and called on the Chinese people to awaken and quit the evil CCP.
On Saturday afternoon, the rally started off with the grand music of the "Celestial Band." The band played "Falun Dafa is great" and "America the Beautiful" on busy Union Square, which caught the attention of many people, many of whom were excited to hear music they were familiar with.
More than twenty speakers from non-governmental organizations, doctors and reporters from America, Europe, and Australia gave speeches at the rally. Simultaneous English translation was provided on-site.
Practitioner Mr. Charles Lee, who was illegally imprisoned for three years in China and just returned to the U.S. last January, called on the American people and government to help stop the barbaric atrocities in Sujiatun.
Singer Composes a Song On-site to Condemn the CCP's Atrocities
New York resident and singer Demetrios Andrianis was moved by the playing of the Celestial Band in Manhattan. He followed the procession to the rally site. Upon hearing of the CCP's brutal persecution of Falun Gong and the barbaric atrocities in the Sujiatun Concentration Camp, he was shocked and started to immediately compose a song to express his indignation over the CCP's atrocity. He said that it was a voice from the bottom of his heart. In the song, he wrote:
"You (CCP) kill Chinese people and harvest their body organs;
God will punish you for all your crimes;
Chinese traditional culture is great with a long history;
Why do you sell their organs?
What in the world is concentration camp?
You asked us to take care of ourselves;
Why do you harm Chinese people?
How come you can commit such crimes!
Their practice origins from 5,000-year-long Chinese traditional culture;
Truth, Compassion, Tolerance is their belief;
Why do you have them pay the price of blood?
Why do you harm Chinese people?
How come you can commit such a crime!..."
Witness of Six-year Persecution
Falun Gong spokesperson Mr. Erping Zhang exposed the various kinds of persecution that Falun Gong practitioners have suffered since Jiang Zemin and the CCP collaborated in 1999 in initiating the persecution against Falun Gong.
Ms. Jun Guo, the Editor-in-Chief of the Epoch Times newspaper, said, "The CCP's crimes stem from executing the genocidal policies of Jiang's evil faction, that were established in 1999."
Mr. Lee expressed his appreciation to all who participated in rescuing him. He said the support was important and helped him cherish life during the evil persecution.
Mr. Lee said, "Today I am free, but hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are still suffering from the CCP's brutal torture."
When he was a doctor in China, Mr. Lee personally witnessed other doctors harvesting organs from executed inmates. He called on the American people and government to help stop the barbaric atrocities in Sujiatun.
Calling on the International Community to Stop the CCP's Atrocities
Ms. Lorraine Kabacinski, an acupuncturist, said that the CCP set up the concentration camps and harvested organs from living practitioners. Leaders and people from around the world must send out a clear voice to the CCP: "Your evil deeds are being exposed throughout the world. You must be held responsible and your lies cannot cover up your brutal crimes."
Ms. Zhao from a New York professional woman's association said, "We will tell everyone living in each free country about the evil crimes in the Sujiatun Concentration Camp. People who know the facts will tell their governments and senators via various channels. In such a way, we can stop the brutal genocide together."
Silence Is Encouragement to Criminals
Mr. Baiqiao Tang, the president of China Peace, a non-governmental organization in the U.S., said, "All Chinese people should be shocked and stand up and not keep silent, because silence is encouragement to criminals."
Mr. Tang said, "If you do not stand up to speak, disaster is actually moving towards you. The CCP's persecutions over several dozens of years makes the Chinese people form the thought, â€˜I'll keep silent as long as it does not occur to me.' This is not wisdom. In the past over 50 years, the CCP has persecuted nearly all families. Everyone takes a chance when he is not persecuted. Then everyone becomes a victim as time goes by."
Mr. Shizhong Chen, the president of the Conscience Foundation, said, "Some international organizations, governments, and media's silence is because of declining conscience and moral values. For their own interests, they keep silent about the persecution. The Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group have sent emails about the facts of Falun Gong to people around the world. The question people ask most is â€˜What can we do?' To have more people join the effort to stop the persecution, we set up the Conscience Foundation to spread the facts to governments and call for conscience."
Mr. Yongchao Chen, a pro-democracy activist who came to participate in the rally from Denmark, narrated his own experience of suffering the CCP's atrocities.
Saving Oneself through Quitting the CCP
Dr. Tianxiao Li, a Ph.D in political science from Columbia University in New York, said, "At the moment that the CCP is near its demise, the shocking news and crimes of the Sujiatun Concentration Camp have been exposed. The CCP is conducting genocide and blaspheming God."
Mr. Dawei Gao, the person-in-charge of the Global Service Center for Quitting the CCP, said, "The CCP's committing such barbaric crimes of killing Falun Gong practitioners and harvesting their organs again demonstrates to the world that the CCP is an evil gang against God, man and nature."
The center called on all Chinese people to awaken and quit the evil CCP.
All Criminals Must Be Brought to Justice
Mr. Zhiyuan Wang, representative of The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), called on all righteous and kind people around the world to stand up and investigate the crimes in Sujiatun. He also warned all criminals directly or indirectly involved in the crimes to awaken soon to help the investigation, for only in this way can they be saved in the future. Such crimes are unimaginable and inhuman.
Mr. Wang said, "Along with more and more people coming to know the facts, all righteous and kind people around the world will stand up to protest the atrocities and investigate the crimes. All those criminals involved in the crimes will not escape. It is just a matter of time. WOIPFG will bring all those criminals to justice one after another."