(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Mexico held five days of activities in Mexico City and several other cities to mark the 17-year brutal persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in China.

Seventeen years ago, on July 20, 1999, the CCP under then party head Jiang Zemin launched the brutal persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Since then, thousands of practitioners have lost their lives to torture and abuse, millions have been imprisoned, and the entire nation lost the freedom of belief. Seventeen years later, the brutality is still going on.

The activities in Mexico included Falun Gong exercise demonstrations, a signature drive calling for an end to the regime’s state-sanction forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience – the majority of whom are Falun Gong practitioners, and a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate demanding an immediate end to the persecution.

Activities were held in four cities: Mexico City, Puebla, Queretaro and Cancun.

Signature Drive and Peaceful Protest in Mexico City

People sign petitions calling upon the CCP to stop forced organ harvesting crimes

In Mexico City's Chinatown, practitioners raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong in China

Peaceful protest in front of the Chinese Consulate in Mexico City, calling for an end to the persecution in China

Signature Drive in Cancun

A citizen in Cancun signs the petition calling for an end to the CCP's forced organ harvesting

Raising Awareness in Queretaro

Practitioners in Queretaro talk to the local people about Falun Gong and the persecution

More Activities in Puebla

Practitioners in Puebla commemorate fellow practitioners in China who lost their lives for remaining steadfast in their faith

Waist drum performance by practitioners in Puebla

Practitioners demonstrate the Falun Gong exercises in a park