Rallies in Taiwan Condemning the Persecution Win the Support of the Public and Politicians
(Minghui.org) It has been 15 years since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) initiated the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. Rallies were held in Hualian and Taichung, Taiwan, on July 20 to mark that anniversary and condemn the persecution. A candlelight vigil was held to commemorate the practitioners who have died as a result of the persecution in China. Many members of the public and politicians attended the practitioners' rallies.
Falun Gong practitioners from central Taiwan gathered in Wenxin Forest Park in downtown on the afternoon of July 20. They demonstrated the exercises, held posters, distributed information materials, and held a candlelight vigil.
The rally started at 6 p.m. in Hualian. After practitioners demonstrated the five exercises, Hualian County Branch Chairman Jiang Shujun of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Convener Guo Ying-yi of the DPP Council, Secretary Wang Sen-yuan of Hualian City Hall, Hualian County Branch Chairman Cai Chi-ta of the Nationalist Party, and other local dignitaries showed up to support the event and condemn the persecution.
Local Politicians Express Support and Speak at the Rally
Chief executive Liu Guo-lung of Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislative Caucus said in his speech, “The Communist Party has persecuted Falun Gong for 15 years, leading to many deaths of Falun Gong practitioners. The Party even conducts live organ harvesting, an inhumane crime. Facing such brutal persecution, Falun Gong practitioners still peacefully raise awareness about the persecution and promote withdrawals from the Party. Seeing so many practitioners here today, I want to say that we encourage you to keep going. We support you!”
Public Support of Falun Gong
Ms. Liao, who learned the exercises at the event by imitating a Falun Gong practitioner, mentioned that she invited four friends to participate in the event.
Ms. Hsu, who came with Ms. Liao, said the event was spectacular. She said, “I mentioned to my friend that the live organ harvesting in China is true. More than ten years ago, I went to mainland China. My friends there warned me not to talk about Falun Gong, because the police would arrest anyone implicated. Six or seven years ago when I was in Shenzhen, I talked with local friends who were officials there. They told me that more than 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in that area, and 4000 of them were missing. 'If someone needs an organ, speak out and he will get it the next day,' said one officer.” She indicated that such a heinous crime could only occur in China because it is a totalitarian regime.
Ms. Hsu's husband, Mr. Chao, looked at the photos on the poster boards carefully. He said, “I saw many reports in mainland newspapers slandering Falun Gong. The father of one of my friends was sentenced to over 10 years in prison for practicing Falun Gong. But I think this practice is very good based on my observations in Taiwan. I've never heard of any bad deeds linked to practitioners. Yet, in mainland China, the Communist regime cannot tolerate so many people practicing the same belief. That's why it persecutes Falun Gong.”
During the last 15 years, Falun Gong practitioners have continued to protest the persecution peacefully and rationally. Many people have seen their steadfast efforts for justice. More and more people are choosing to stand up to express their support to end this inhumane persecution in China.