(Minghui.org) As the persecution of Falun Gong in China enters its 20th year, Falun Gong practitioners from Taipei and its surrounding cities held a candlelight vigil to commemorate lives lost in the persecution. Guest speakers from the Taipei City Council and Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network supported practitioners' efforts to end the persecution in China.

Falun Gong practitioners held a candlelight vigil in front of the Taipei City Hall on July 14, 2018.

For 19 years, Falun Gong practitioners have stood strong for their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

A group photo of guest speakers at the candlelight vigil on July 14, 2018.

“The persecution is brutal and evil. Over 4,236 verified deaths occurred during the 19 years of persecution. Hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners were tortured, or forced to be homeless, or lost their jobs or schooling. Some were even killed for their organs,” said Ms. Zhang Jinhua, chairman of the Falun Dafa Association in Taiwan.

Ms. Zhang Jinhua, chairman of the Falun Dafa Association in Taiwan

Ms. Zhang vowed to continue to raise awareness of the persecution until it ends.

Taipei City Councilor: Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice

Taipei City Councilor Hung Chien-yi

“On behalf of the Taipei City Council, I would like to thank the Falun Gong practitioners! You have worked hard. I will certainly stand firmly at the front line to help Falun Gong practitioners fight for your rights. I would like to also inform all people in Taiwan: our persistence is worthwhile and has a direction. We would like to see Jiang Zemin (main culprit of the persecution) be brought to justice!” said Taipei City Councilor Hung Chien-yi.

Taipei City Councilor Jian Shupei

Taipei City Councilor Jian Shupei said that it was unacceptable that the Chinese Communist Party killed Falun Gong practitioners and attempted to silence others.

She posted pictures of the candlelight vigil on her Facebook page and stated, “Tonight, I participated in the press conference commemorating Falun Gong practitioners' 19-year peaceful resistance to the persecution in China... I will firmly stand by Falun Gong practitioners and continue to voice support for human rights, freedom, and democracy.”

Human Rights Lawyer: We All Should Step Forward

Ms. Guo Jiren from Taiwan Support for China Human Rights Lawyers Network

Mr. Guo Jiren, representative from the Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network, said, “For over 10 years, many lawyers in China defended Falun Gong practitioners. This is remarkable! Lawyers in China encourage me and inspire me.

“They are risking their lives. And we enjoy the freedom (in Taiwan). We all have responsibilities to step forward to resist the Chinese Communist Party. The fact that Taiwan has freedom today doesn't mean that it may not be at risk. Taiwan may be the first victim if mainland China cannot merge with the universal values.”

Local entrepreneur Huang Guanjie said that the Falun Gong issue was relevant to all. The persecution of Falun Gong in China might affect Taiwan one day if Taiwanese did nothing to stop it.

Li Huiru (center) joined the event to raise awareness about the persecution and hoped to gather goodwill to support Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and end the persecution in China.