“Ride to Freedom” Wins Support from U.S. Senators and Representatives
(Minghui.org) The young cyclists of Ride to Freedom, with a mission to raise awareness for and rescue five orphans in China, completed their trip across the U.S. and arrived in Washington D.C. on July 16, 2015. These orphans' parents were tortured to death because they practiced Falun Gong, a spiritual practice persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.
The young cyclists are from all over the world, including China, United States, Germany, France, Austria, India, South America, Russia, Argentina, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, and Singapore.
On June 1, the 25 riders began their 3000-mile journey in Los Angeles. They would cross 13 states before arriving in the U.S. Capital, where political leaders commended them for their courage and compassion.
Senator Richard Durbin is Chairman of the Senate Biking Caucus. Biking is one of his hobbies. He welcomed the young riders to his hometown of Springfield, Virginia. Senator Durbin first called the attention of other senators immediately after the persecution in China began in 1999.
Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey is a senior member of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He wrote to the young riders, “the horrific and relentless persecution of the millions of Falun Gong practitioners in China, which has stripped them of their most basic human rights, and even left the children of Falun Gong adherents subject to harassment and abuse. This continued persecution is intolerable and must be stopped immediately. I have long been proud to stand up on behalf of Falun Gong practitioners.”
He praised the riders' courage and said that the United States and the United Nations need to to exert pressure on the Chinese communist regime to stop the persecution.
Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia met with 13-year-old Chunjing Neumann in her office on the afternoon of July 16. She congratulated him on completing the biking trip. Chunjing is from her district.