(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners staged peaceful protests at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa and Consulates in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal, requesting the Communist regime to release Canadian citizen Sun Qian, who has been jailed and tortured for her belief in Falun Gong since February 19, 2017.

Several Canadian Members of Parliament, including Peter Kent, Elizabeth May, and Michael Cooper have urged the Canadian government to help rescue Sun. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has said that she will follow up on Ms. Sun's case.

According to reports, Ms. Sun was at her home in Beijing on February 19, 2017, when more than two dozen police officers broke in and arrested her. They also confiscated her Falun Gong books, cell phone, computer, printer, and other valuables.

Ms. Sun was tortured in the Beijing First Detention Center. She was placed in solitary confinement, sprayed with pepper spray, shackled to a torture device known as an iron chair, forbidden to change her clothes for 60 days and deprived of sleep by being woken up every 30 minutes.

Falun Gong practitioners protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa on June 26, 2017.

Protest at the Chinese Consulate in Calgary on June 26, 2017.

Protest at the Chinese Consulate in Montreal on June 27, 2017.

Protest at the Chinese Consulate in Toronto on June 28, 2017.

The Falun Dafa Association of Canada in Vancouver released a statement condemning the Chinese Communist Party for Sun's imprisonment. They urged the Canadian government to step in to secure the release of Ms. Sun and other Falun Gong practitioners in custody for refusing to renounce their faith.

Ms. Sun Qian is the vice president of Beijing Leadman Biochemistry Co. Ltd. She became a Canadian citizen in 2007. She credits Falun Gong with curing her heart palpitations, liver problems, and depression after she took up the practice in 2014.

Chairman of the Falun Dafa Association of Canada appeals to the Chinese government for the immediate and unconditional release of Canadian citizen Sun Qian and 11 family members of Canadian citizens. Mr. Li Xun also called for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong.

Media reports have disclosed that Ms. Sun’s lawyer and his law firm were pressured by local Justice Bureau officials into dropping their representation of Ms. Sun.