San Francisco and Philadelphia: Rallies Mark 20 Years of Protesting the Persecution
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners across the world hold events every year to commemorate fellow practitioners who have died as a result of the persecution. This year is particularly significant; 2019 marks 20 years of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. Ordered by Jiang Zemin, the former head of the communist regime, the CCP launched the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners on July 20, 1999.
Falun Gong is a peaceful mind-body cultivation practice based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
The Minghui website has confirmed the deaths of over four thousand Falun Gong practitioners due to the persecution over the past 20 years. However, 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 is an active participant in the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are killed to supply the organ transplant industry.
Rally in San Francisco Wins Public Support
Practitioners from San Francisco held a rally at Portsmouth Square in Chinatown on July 20, 2019.
Psychiatrist: The CCP Still Carries Out Live Organ Harvesting
Alejandro Centurión, a psychiatrist and representative of the US West Coast Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), said that the CCP’s live organ harvesting is still ongoing.
He said, “The CCP has been killing a large number of prisoners of conscience, mainly Falun Gong practitioners. U.S. government officials and medical institutions condemn these atrocities of organ harvesting.” He called on all levels of government to learn about the crime of forced organ harvesting. He said DAFOH and many doctors around the world were continuing their efforts to raise awareness of the forced organ harvesting and would condemn this crime until it ends.
Exhibition in San Francisco
In addition to the rally and parade, practitioners also held a photo exhibition on Portsmouth Square in Chinatown on July 20. The exhibition introduced Falun Gong and exposed the CCP’s persecution, especially the live organ harvesting.
Portsmouth Square is a gathering place for local Chinese residents and tourists. Several people stopped to look at the photos and read the information. Some took photos. Many Chinese people renounced their membership in the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
Rally in Philadelphia
Falun Gong practitioners in Greater Philadelphia held a rally in Philadelphia's Chinatown on July 13, 2019. Practitioners introduced Falun Gong to passersby and talked about the CCP’s persecution. Nearly 30 Chinese people renounced their memberships in the CCP and its affiliated organizations.