(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Philadelphia held activities in Chinatown on June 12, 2021, to introduce Falun Gong and raise awareness of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of their faith. Local residents showed support and one man said he would like to help spread the word.

Marina, a Falun Gong practitioner who was born in the former Soviet Union, gave a speech recounting her experiences of living under Communist Party rule. The Party exerted control over speech, brainwashed the populace, and suppressed political dissidents. She said that more than one million people died in the Communist Party’s prisons and forced labor camps in Siberia.

Marina started practicing Falun Dafa after she came to the United States. “Falun Dafa teaches Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, which is completely different from communist ideology,” she said. “Ever since the first day of the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong, I realized that the Communist Party has never and will never change its brutal rule.”

Jennie Sheeks, a volunteer for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), spoke about the CCP's crimes of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. She recounted the major investigative findings of the China Tribunal, which concluded in London in June 2019. The Tribunal found that the killing of detainees in China for organ transplants was continuing, and imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners were the main source of organs. Sheeks called for people of conscience to help stop the CCP’s atrocities.

Mike Melchiot (second from the right) supports Falun Gong practitioners as they expose the CCP’s crimes against humanity

Mike Melchiot, a photographer, said that he initially couldn’t believe such cruelty could happen in the world, but he found a lot of information about it online.

“I found it was true, and it had been going on for a long time. It’s absolutely crazy!” he said.

He asked for a stack of flyers and planned to help spread the word. He told practitioners, “I know that you have a mission!”

Carla Rodriguez appreciates Falun Gong practitioners’ efforts

Carla Rodriguez, a translator, said, “I stopped to listen to the speeches. They were great! I used to have many questions about what the Chinese Communist Party has done. I am now more clear about its motives after hearing what these people had to say. It’s great that so many volunteers came here to tell us what we didn’t know.”

After hearing about the Chinese regime's organ harvesting crimes, she said that the first thing that came to her mind was how to help the Chinese people.

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