Taipei, Taiwan: Falun Gong Practitioners Commemorate the 14th Anniversary of the April 25 Appeal (Photos)
(Minghui.org) On a cool spring afternoon, more than 100 Falun Gong practitioners from Taipei gathered in front of the famous skyscraper Taipei101Building to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the April 25 Appeal. The day's activities included performing the peaceful Falun Gong exercises, re-enactments of torture and organ harvesting, and a press conference.
Having been through 14 years of brutal persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Falun Gong practitioners' peaceful demeanor stood in sharp contrast to the scenes of torture and organ harvesting displayed at the event. The scene attracted many passers-by who stopped to watch, take photos, and discuss what they were seeing. After learning the facts, many people signed the petition to call for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong.
The April 25 Appeal, in Which More than 10,000 Falun Gong Practitioners Peacefully Appealed for Justice for Falun Gong
Director of the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association Chang Ching-Hsi said that on April 25, 1999 more than 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners went to the Central Appeals Office near Zhongnanhai, in line with the appeal regulations stipulated in China's Constitution, to appeal for the release of dozens of Falun Gong practitioners who had been unlawfully arrested by police in Tianjin. They requested a non-threatening and legal environment for their cultivation practice and freedom of publication of Falun Gong books. Several days earlier, police in Tianjin had illegally arrested and beaten more than 40 Falun Gong practitioners and totally ignored complaints against their unlawful conduct.
He said, “Under instructions from Jiang Zemin, head of the CCP at the time, the police led practitioners who went to Beijing to circle around Zhongnanhai, and then used this as an excuse to frame Falun Gong for “besieging Zhongnanhai”. This was in fact a trick to pave the way for the genocidal persecution launched across China three months later. Jiang Zemin used the entire CCP controlled media to slander Falun Gong and the entire state apparatus to arrest and persecute practitioners on a massive scale. To date the persecution is still going on. We tell people the facts and expose the injustices to raise the awareness of people so that we can work together to stop this brutal persecution.”
The Nationwide Brutal Persecution of Falun Gong Has Never Stopped During the Last 14 Years
Ms. Theresa Chu, spokesperson for Falun Gong human rights lawyers, said that for 14 years, every day, every minute, tens of thousands of Chinese people who believe in Truth-Compassion-Forbearance are being detained and tortured, even killed for their organs. In early April, victims at the notorious Masanjia Forced Labor Camp exposed the various kinds of cruel torture methods used in the camp, including forced labor, corporal punishment, confinement in a solitary confinement cell, electric shocks, hanging in the air, being tied on the “Tiger Bench” or “Death Person's Bed”, etc.
Ms. Chu pointed out that the CCP now asks the Political and Legal Affairs Committee system--culprits of the persecution--to investigate its own conduct. The result is that they have completely denied the accusations against them. The latest news reveals that the CCP did not investigate the torture in the Masanjia Forced labor Camp at all, and everything they said are lies. All this evidently shows that no matter who is leading the CCP regime, so long as the CCP system still exists, it can never lead China to democracy ruled by law.
We All Know “Falun Dafa is Good”
Groups of tourists from mainland China were amazed to see the peaceful scene of hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners doing the exercises. Many people accepted truth-clarification materials and some also asked about issues that they found baffling, such as the staged “Tiananmen Square Self-immolation Incident” and the April 25 Appeal.
The re-enactment of torture methods and organ harvesting attracted most visitors, who found it hard to believe that the persecution of Falun Gong is so brutal. But after they learned about the recent exposure of torture in the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp on websites in China, they sighed and said: We have been to many countries and read many truth-clarification materials. In fact we all know this in our hearts.
One tourist from mainland China stayed behind from the group and quietly looked at the banners “Bring Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Liu Jing and Zhou Yongkang to Justice”, “Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong” and “Falun Dafa is Good” and, deep in thought, watched practitioners doing the exercise. When a practitioner went over to talk to him, he said with emotion, “There were a lot of Falun Gong practitioners in our area in the past, but many of them stopped the practice after the persecution started; many also died as a result of the persecution. But many have continued to practice quietly. We all know 'Falun Dafa is good'”.
Justice Knows No National Boundaries
In addition to tourists from mainland China, the gathering to commemorate the April 25 Appeal also attracted the attention of many tourists from elsewhere, such as the UK, France, Canada, Brazil, Malaysia and other countries. Most of these tourists had heard about the live organ harvesting and signed the petition. Two people from Brazil said they personally witnessed police beating people violently in China, and were very grateful they had the opportunity to contribute to the effort to stop the atrocities by the Chinese Communist regime.
Falun Gong practitioners handed out truth-clarification materials to passers-by as usual. A few young people said to them, “Our office is in the 101 Building. We can see you clarifying the facts to tourists from mainland China every day. Falun Dafa is great!”
Practitioner Yang Changying said that when a lady from England heard there was a petition she came over and signed it of her own accord and said in Chinese, “Thank you for letting me know such information.”
A businessman from India stopped and watched practitioners doing the exercises, which made him feel very peaceful. He then saw on the right-hand side the re-enactment of torture methods– the “Tiger Bench” and “Hanging”, as well as “live organ harvesting”. He felt confused and asked practitioners about it. After learning the facts, he immediately signed the petition.
Chinese People Learn the Truth and Quit the CCP
Xinyi Square is opposite the iconic 101 Building, and bus-loads of tourists from mainland China came there for sightseeing. They took photos with cameras or cell phones. When they saw the re-enactment of torture methods, they were shocked to learn that forced labor camps persecute Falun Gong practitioners so cruelly. Practitioners told them, “The 'Tiger Bench' and 'Hanging' are only re-enactments, but the reality is even more brutal, and live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners is still happening in China.”
The tourists were shocked and found it hard to believe at first, but then they realized that many facts are covered up by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). A number of them took the opportunity to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Practitioner Yang Changying said, “Six people quit the CCP all at once just now.”