Falun Gong's Peaceful Resistance Efforts Around the World
(Minghui.org) In addition to introducing the physical and mental benefits of Falun Gong to the public, the practitioners of this self-improvement practice routinely hold a variety of events to expose the 19-year long brutal persecution of it in China, and call for help to stop this human rights crisis.
This report covers recent peaceful resistance events in Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, and Japan.
June 26 marks the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Falun Gong practitioners from the Dusseldorf area held a rally in front of the Chinese consulate, calling for ending the torture of practitioners in China.
In an open letter to the Chinese consulate officials, practitioners said, “You must have already learned that Falun Gong is good, and it is the hope of China. Falun Gong practitioners don't have political pursuits.” Practitioners also warned the followers of the persecution policies that all the murderers will be brought to justice.
The letter continued, “For your own future, the best choice is to quit the Communist Party, and stand up against the persecution.”
Falun Gong practitioners participated in the 11th Multi-culture Festival in Frankfurt on June 16. In addition to performing in the parade, practitioners passed out flyers exposing the state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China, and collected signatures opposing the persecution.
After signing the petition, a couple told practitioners that they had heard about the forced organ harvesting, and were glad to have a chance today to sign the petition. The wife said, “I am a nurse, so I know how an organ transplant system should work. The forced organ harvesting is unacceptable. We must support your efforts.”
Bremen, Hamburg, and Berlin, Germany
For several weekends in a row, practitioners participated in community events in three German cities, Bremen, Hamburg, and Berlin, calling upon the public to pay attention to the persecution in China.
Many people have heard about the persecution. They signed the petition and asked questions about the human rights situation in China. Some of them were also asked if pressure from the international community has had positive effects.
Claudia from Hamburg commented that the Communist Party must be afraid of Falun Gong. “When so many people follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the Communist Party must feel threatened. They are afraid of losing control over people, and they are afraid that people will recognize that it is evil.”
Maria, a high school teacher, said to practitioners at an event in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, on June 16 to raise awareness of the persecution in China, “The forced organ harvesting is anti-humanity. It should not be happening. It violates basic human rights. Horrible!”
Sandy was glad for the chance to express his support of Falun Gong. He heard that Falun Gong was a type of meditation and was surprised that a government was suppressing such a peaceful group.
“It is a scandal if we pretend the forced organ harvesting does not exist,” Sandy said. “This is the first time I’ve seen people making effort to stop it. It’s great! I want to tell everyone to come and sign.”
Sandy hoped his signature would help to raise public awareness of the forced organ harvesting atrocities.
His girlfriend Mirjam said that the persecution was intolerable, so she supports any effort aimed at ending the persecution.
She felt ashamed that she didn't know about it until today and that the general public had not become aware of it until recently.
“It should not continue. We must tell people about it. If everybody comes to sign the petition, maybe the government or the United Nations will take action to stop it,” she said.
Local practitioners set up a booth at the annual Glasgow Art Festival on June 17 to tell the visitors about the persecution.
Liu Zhigui and his sister Liu Zhiying, both Falun Gong practitioners, protested in front of parliament hill in Tokyo, Japan, on June 15, asking the lawmakers to help rescue their parents Liu Chun and Hou Lifeng, who were arrested on June 12 because of their belief in Falun Gong.
Liu Chun, 69, and Hou Lifeng, 66, both residents in Fangzheng County, Heilongjiang Province, were arrested for handing out Falun Gong materials in public.
The Japanese representative in Liu Zhigui's area said he was aware of the situation and “I will help,” he said.
The police searched Liu Chun's home on June 14 and took away all the Falun Gong materials.
The family has called the local police station and learned nothing about the couple’s whereabouts or contact information.
The family was told that Hou Lifeng was sent to Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province, but no other details were given; and that Liu Chun was imprisoned in a local detention center, but the family was not given the name or address of the facility.
The Liu brother and sister have not been able to talk to their parents. The worried children called upon the Japanese community to help.
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