(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners around the world conducted peaceful rallies, marches, and candlelight vigils to mark the 20th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution, which began on July 20, 1999.

Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners from persecution over the past 20 years, although the actual number is suspected to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith. There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.

The Hague, Netherlands: Rally and Candlelight Vigil Held in Front of the Chinese Consulate

Falun Gong practitioners held a rally and candlelight vigil in front the Chinese Consulate in The Hague on July 17, 2019. They condemned the CCP’s persecution and demanded that the CCP immediately stop live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

Rally and candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in The Hague, Netherlands on July 17, 2019.

Amnesty International Nederland demanded that the CCP regime immediately release all prisoners of conscience unconditionally.

Practitioner Huang Gang spoke at the rally about suffering in prison for his belief. He was imprisoned for 14 years in China and subjected to various forms of torture.

He said, “I was imprisoned in concentration camps and prisons. I witnessed many practitioners being handicapped and tortured to death. I was subjected to more than ten different torture methods including sleep deprivation, beatings, electric shocks, starvation, etc.” He called on the international community to help stop the persecution.

Practitioners raised awareness in the downtown business area of The Hague after the rally. They distributed fliers, demonstrated the exercises, and collected signatures for petitions calling for an end to the persecution.

People sign the petition protesting the persecution.

March in Kyoto, Japan

Practitioners held group practice, a rally and march in Kyoto, Japan on July 14, 2019.

Falun Gong group practice below the Oike-ohashi Bridge near the Kyoto City Government on July 14, 2019.

March in Kyoto, Japan

The Japan Falun Dafa Association director read out letters of support from elected officials at the rally.

Many passersby watched the march in Kyoto.

The march started at 3:00 p.m., lasted two-and-a-half hours, and many people watched it.

People read Falun Gong fliers.

Nishimura encourages the practitioners to keep up protesting the persecution.

A woman supports the practitioners’ efforts in protesting the persecution.

Rally in Wellington, New Zealand

Falun Gong practitioners held a rally and march in Wellington, New Zealand on July 17, 2019. The march started from Cuba Street and ended at Midland Park.

March in Wellington, New Zealand on July 17, 2019

A rally was held in Midland Park downtown after the march. Some practitioners who had been persecuted in China spoke about their experiences.

Ellen Blake of Friends of Tibet said we must safeguard people’s freedom of belief.

A photographer from Television New Zealand encourages practitioners to keep up their efforts.

Clinton from India said he hopes countries will uphold human rights and work together to end the persecution.

Peter Black condemned the CCP’s persecution.

Elizabeth Johnson, a doctor, encouraged the practitioners to raise awareness of the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

Jacob admired the practitioners protesting the persecution.

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