(Minghui.org) Mayor Bill Hennessy of O'Fallon, Missouri, signed a proclamation condemning the persecution of Falun Gong in China on July 7, 2014. The crime against humanity moved the mayor and the city council to act in their official capacity.
The proclamation states, in part:
“Whereas, Falun Gong (Falun Dafa), a traditional Chinese self-cultivation practice, based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, that attracts millions of people of all ages and backgrounds is practiced in over 100 countries over the world; and
“Whereas, the Falun Gong practitioners who peacefully cultivate high moral qualities and experience increased health and well-being, have been brutally persecuted since 1999 in China.”
The proclamation also mentioned the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners: “An independent investigation, conducted by former Canadian MP, the honorable David Kilgour and human rights lawyer, David Matas, concluded on July 6 that 'there has been and continues today to be large scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners.'”
The Mayor and Council members of the City of O'Fallon acted to raise awareness to stop these horrific crimes by “call[ing] on the Government of the United States to condemn the persecution against Falun Gong and the crime of harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners and other involuntary donors of China.”
The seal of the City of O'Fallon, Missouri, was affixed on the proclamation on July 7, 2014.