(Minghui.org) Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin launched a state-wide persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners on July 20, 1999. For 23 years practitioners in Hong Kong have never stopped telling people about this brutal persecution. So far the Chinese authorities have arrested, detained, imprisoned and tortured millions of practitioners in China, and over 4,000 deaths have been reported.

Hong Kong practitioners hold private candlelight vigils

Hong Kong practitioners hold multiple private candlelight vigils

In order to accommodate Hong Kong’s COVID restrictions, practitioners held many small-scale candlelight vigils to mourn practitioners in China who died in the persecution.

Practitioners could not hold a public rally to mourn those who died in the persecution because of Hong Kong’s COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings. As July 20 approached, they held private candlelight vigils. They held candles and mourned the over 4,000 practitioners the CCP killed because they refused to renounce their faith. They also continue using various means to tell people about the persecution.

Officer Quit the Chinese Communist Party

Mr. Zhuang sets up a table on the street every day to help people quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. He began practicing Falun Dafa in February 1999, a few months before the persecution started. He persisted in practicing and refused to believe the CCP’s slander. He attended parades and handed out fliers to peacefully protest the persecution.

He talks to Chinese tourists near Wong Tai Sin Temple, a popular attraction, to help them understand why the persecution is wrong and that they should quit the CCP to stay safe. He gives them newspaper reports and tells them how the CCP authorities persecuted practitioners and harvested their organs for transplants while they were still alive.

After listening to Mr. Zhuang talk about Falun Dafa one man said, “I am a police officer and I believe that the CCP indeed persecutes Falun Dafa. However I won’t quit the Party because I am a bad person. I killed three people, knowing that they were innocent.” Mr. Zhuang knew that the officer still had goodness left in him and said, “You know that killing is bad, and the CCP has killed over 80 million people since it usurped power in China. You should quit the Party.” The officer immediately agreed.

Hong Kong Citizens Learn the Truth

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Chinese tourists stopped coming to Hong Kong, so now Mr. Zhuang clarifies the truth to local residents. He said that millions of mainland Chinese live in Hong Kong, members of the Party back when they were in China. Most people in Hong Kong have seen practitioners, or read the information and learned some truth about the persecution.

Mr. Zhuang hands people a copy of Minghui Weekly and tells them how the CCP systematically arrests practitioners, harvests their organs and sells them. They have no problem quitting the CCP after hearing his explanations. He usually helps 10 people quit each day.

He says it’s urgent to wake up more people about the persecution of Falun Dafa. Even when people seem to be in a hurry, they stop and talk to him. They often agree to quit the CCP after a short conversation.

Moved by 23 Years of Persistence

Ms. Ye attended Mr. Li Hongzhi’s (the founder of Falun Dafa) lectures in Guangzhou, China in 1995. She still remembers how the Guangzhou Gymnasium was packed with people, but as soon as Mr. Li started talking everyone quieted down. She felt lucky to be able to attend the lectures, and afterwards her insomnia disappeared.

According to Ms. Ye, practitioners in Hong Kong have persistently clarified the truth for 23 years, and people went from being indifferent to being concerned. Now people give practitioners a thumbs up and many tell them what they do is magnificent. Many condemned the CCP for harvesting organs from living practitioners who were incarcerated for their faith. “How evil is this?!” One resident said, “Many people now say that Heaven will eliminate the CCP.”

Ms. Feng and her husband began practicing in 1998 after talking to her sister. Before that, her migraine headaches were so bad that all she could think of was how to stop the pain. After she began practicing her headaches disappeared. After the persecution started, she knew that she owed her life to Falun Dafa so she started to hand out fliers near subway stations with her young child on her back. She wanted people to know that the CCP lied about Falun Dafa.

She witnessed how over the years people went from ridiculing Falun Dafa to siding with it. The older generations of Chinese who came to Hong Kong to escape the CCP’s autocracy respected practitioners. “Many of them reminded me to be careful, and said that what we did was amazing,” she said. Now, more and more young people come to take newspapers from her. She says they want to know more about Falun Dafa.

Ms. Ren began practicing Falun Dafa in 1997, and distributes newspapers with information about Falun Dafa near a university and a train station. She said that more and more young people now see Falun Dafa in a positive light. These days, as soon as she offers the newspapers, they hurry over and take a copy. Most people sit down and read the papers right away, and discuss the information. At one points the CCP hired thugs to attack practitioners who handed out newspapers. Many Hong Kong citizens who understood the truth about Falun Dafa protected practitioners and drove away the thugs. Ms. Ren was moved and wants more people to know about Falun Dafa.

Background: What Is Falun Dafa and Why Is the CCP Persecuting It?

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings, which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and have learned the five exercises, have experienced improved health and well-being.

Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, he issued an order to eradicate the practice.

Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.

Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 23 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. Countless practitioners 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 China’s organ transplant industry.