(Clearwisdom.net) It has been seven years since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the persecution of Falun Gong. On July 20, 2006, Falun Gong practitioners from Taipei held an activity at Hsin-yi Plaza (next to the Taipei 101 tower) to call upon international society to condemn and stop the CCP’s inhuman crimes of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. The practitioners hope that the activity will wake up those who have been deceived by the CCP and those who cooperate with the CCP for temporary profits.

Chang Ruilan, the contact person for the activity, said that the main purpose of the activity is to protest and condemn the CCP’s brutality.

Taipei 101 has become a popular tourist spot in Taipei. There are many tourists from all over the world who come to see the tower. On the afternoon of July 20, Falun Gong practitioners assembled here. The group exercises attracted a lot of tourists. Some wanted to know more about Falun Gong, some imitated the practitioners' exercise movements and some took photos of the group exercises.

Exercise demonstration

Learning the truth about Falun Gong

Learning the exercises

Some tourists from China didn’t accept the truth-clarifying materials, but they took photos of the truth-clarifying display boards and the group exercises. Some foreign tourists who don’t speak Chinese didn’t know what was going on when they passed by. However, the practitioners clarified the truth to all of them. A foreigner with a 2-year-old daughter said that he had heard about the CCP’s harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. He took pictures of the practitioners and explained to his daughter what had happened.

Two Japanese tourists wanted to know more about Falun Gong, so they asked their translator to help. When practitioners started to do the exercises, the translator asked a practitioner who can speak English to talk to the Japanese directly, because the translator herself wanted to learn the exercises with the practitioners. Practitioners clarified the truth a foreign girl. She said that she knew about the CCP harvesting organs, and other evil behaviors of the CCP. The young woman said that she wanted to know more about Falun Gong, and said she would check the Falun Gong websites.

A Chinese person from Malaysia, who came to the activity with his sister, said that his sister became very healthy after practicing Falun Gong. He didn’t understand why the CCP persecutes Falun Gong and asked many questions, such as, "Is it true that Falun Gong forbids practitioners to take medicine?" "Where does Falun Gong’s money come from?" "How did practitioners get the information about the organ harvesting?" and so on. The practitioners answered each question for him. The visitor said that the person who launched the persecution is a fool [former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin] and it is too inhuman that the CCP harvests organs from living people. He said that he will pass this information to more people.

At 7:00 p.m., practitioners held a candlelight vigil. More than 1,200 practitioners and other citizens attended the activity.

The candlelight vigil

Legislation Committee members Lin Cho-Shui, the head editor of the journal, Contemporary, Jin Hengwei, the trustee of Chinese Human Rights Association, Wu Huilin, a journalism professor from Taiwan University, Chang Chin-Hwa, and the trustee of the Taiwan Association for Rescuing Falun Gong Practitioners Being Persecuted, and political science professor Ming Chu-Cheng all attended the candlelight vigil.

Jin Hengwei said that he came to appreciate Falun Gong practitioners for protesting the persecution and for standing up against such a huge anti-human power —the CCP— for seven years. Some superpowers, such as the U.S.A and Europe, have been deceived by the economic development in China, and cooperate with the CCP for temporary profits. Falun Gong practitioners are not intimidated by the tyranical power, and have demonstrated great courage. He said that if no one stands up to stop the CCP’s crimes, then it will become a disaster for the entire world.

Lin Cho-shui said that he respects Falun Gong practitioners because of their spirit. Last year, there were 80 thousand anti-human-rights-violation activities in China, but none of them has shaken the CCP’s power. What scares the CCP is Falun Gong practitioners’ persistent spirit.

Ming Chu-Cheng said, "The reason we get together today is because the seven-year-long persecution has not yet ended. Millions of Falun Gong practitioners are being persecuted. Some of them were even tortured to death. If we don’t stand up and speak for them, who will? We will not only speak to the Taiwanese people, but also to Mainland China and the whole world. We don’t undertake a violent method the protest the persecution. We just keep clarifying the truth to people and hope that people of justice throughout the world will pay attention and help stop this persecution."

Ming Chu-Cheng said, "All we are doing is clarifying the truth to the world, hoping that people can wake up to stop the evil, carrying out the promise of "never again." Falun Gong practitioners believe in heavenly principles. We believe that good meets good and evil meets with due retribution."

Practitioners showed several movies during the activity, including the report by the Canadian Independent Investigation Group (the Kilgour-Matas report into allegations of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China), and a performance by Minghui School students. The activity ended at 9:00 p.m.

In one of the movies, a witness of the CCP organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, Annie, said that once when her ex-husband was harvesting corneas from a Falun Gong practitioner, a piece of paper fell out from this practitioner’s clothes. On the paper were the words, "Wishing Mom a Happy Birthday." Annie said that her ex-husband was deeply impacted by this.

Falun Gong practitioners are members of this society. They have children, jobs, and normal lives. They follow the principle of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." But they have been persecuted by the CCP. We call upon people of justice throughout the world to help stop the persecution. If we can all stand together against the evil, then the persecution will end soon.