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Speaking at a rally in Toronto on July 17, former parliamentarians and rights activists voiced support for Falun Gong adherents amid the ongoing persecution of the spiritual practice launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) 22 years ago.

Over 500 Falun Gong adherents participated in a parade through the city’s downtown to commemorate the victims of the largest human rights abuse in China. At least 500 people registered online for the parade, but roughly 700-800 people showed up, said Jeffery Jiang, one of the organizers.

At the rally in Queen’s Park, former Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon called on Canada, the United States, and Europe to help those who “demand rights and change in the communist system” as in the past they helped people living in the Soviet Union.

“This gives hope, and it should give hope to all of us and to those that are here today, persecuted by this terrible communist government in China,” Lizon said.

“We should remind not only the communist government of China of their crimes, [but] remind them that the times to answer for those crimes is coming.”

Falun Gong is a spiritual practice that includes meditation exercises and teachings based on the tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. Also called Falun Dafa, the practice was introduced in 1992 in China, where it gained widespread popularity due to its benefits to people’s mental and physical well-being. By 1999, it had attracted 70-100 million adherents, according to Chinese government estimates.

CCP leader Jiang Zemin perceived that popularity as a threat to the regime’s rule. On July 20, 1999, Jiang launched an unprecedented campaign and brutal oppression aimed at eradicating the practice.

Former senator Consiglio Di Nino urged the CCP to open up to media and public scrutiny of the persecution of Falun Gong.

“If you have any decency, if you have any respect for humanity, if you really want to tell us that these things are not happening, open up to reporters, to the media,” Di Nino said. “What are you hiding? Why are you not allowing the media to come in and take a look?”

Warmth of ‘Compassion’ Will Persevere
Former MPP and Toronto city councillor John Parker invoked the story of “The North Wind and the Sun,” one of Aesop’s Fables, as an analogy to the CCP’s campaign against Falun Gong.

In the fable, the wind, which was jealous of the sun for its warmth and happiness, challenged it to a contest of strength to see who could remove the cloak worn by a man walking along the road.

The wind blew up a destructive storm, destroying everything along its path, but the man held tightly to his cloak. When the sun took its turn, it beamed brightly and warmed up the man who eventually took off the cloak voluntarily.

“In the contest between the destructive power of the wind and the love and the warmth of the sun, the destructive power of the wind has its effect, but it was the sun that persevered that day,” Parker said.

“I see that as the message that you bring, with your message of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance, because that’s the sunshine. That doesn’t always win every battle, but in the end the power of the wind, the power of storms, is only destructive, but the power of the sunshine that you bring perseveres overall.”

Sheng Xue, co-founder of the China Rights Network, a group that unites communities that have suffered under the CCP, said history will remember Falun Gong as the “light” that fought against the “darkness” of the regime.
“Falun Gong is the light [that] fights against the darkness, … and every practitioner is a light. When people in the future look back to our time, they will see you, especially those who give up their lives for their beliefs,” Sheng said.

Gloria Fung, president of Canada-Hong Kong Link, noted that the CCP is also responsible for atrocities inflicted on Uyghurs, Tibetans, and other minority groups in China. She said the CCP is undermining Western democracies through “manipulation, infiltration, intimidation, as well as hostage taking,” such as the two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, imprisoned in China.

“The Chinese Communist Party rules by lies and violence. It brainwashes its population with a very sophisticated mechanism of ideological control,” Fung said.

She said Canada and its western allies are starting to realize that the CCP is not just a competitor, but “an adversary” on all fronts, and she called on the government to introduce stronger measures against the regime, such as boycotting the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

The Brutality of the Persecution
Shenli Lin, a Falun Gong practitioner who made headlines when he was rescued to Canada in 2002 after suffering years of torture and brutality in a Chinese labour camp, shared his experience at the rally.

Lin was arrested in 1999 when he appealed for the right to practice after the CCP launched its campaign against Falun Gong. He was detained several times and ultimately sentenced to two years of “re-education through labour.”
During his time in the labour camp, he was forced to do slave labour for long hours, which resulted in ulcers all over his body. He said he was also forced to undergo medical examinations “for the sinister purpose of preparing me for live organ harvesting.”

Shenli Lin’s brother, Mingli Lin, also endured torture, brainwashing, and forced labour, and was left with permanent damage to his windpipe due to being force-fed while on a hunger strike. Mingli was rescued to Canada in 2012. Lin’s 76-year-old sister, Qiu Peng Lin, was also arrested in China for practising Falun Gong and has not been heard from since May 2020.

“The history of the Chinese Communist Party is the history of murder. The CCP treats life as if it were grass, and slaughtered 80 million Chinese people,” Lin said.

“I therefore call on the Canadian government, and all good people, to continue extending your helping hand. Let us all raise our voices for justice to stop the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong.”
It cracks me up that China acts tough but is afraid by a group of yoga hippies.

imagine how many fake activists and their families are paid by US and Canada taxes to make this fucking parade.

wait. Shlomo.. you believe own propaganda? hahahahaha
The Chinese shill is here welcome!
Falun Gong Practitioners Rally in Washington for End to Beijing’s Persecution as 22nd Anniversary Looms

The month of July is host to one of the most solemn and tragic anniversaries in the history of human society: the beginning of the 22-year-long persecution of the 100 million practitioners of Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual Chinese cultivation practice of the mind and body involving exercises and meditation, by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

On July 16, practitioners assembled in Washington D.C., to memorialize those who have lost their lives at the hands of the CCP while upholding their beliefs, to call for an end to the persecution, and to urge citizens, businesses, and governments alike to hold China’s 100-year-old communist regime responsible for its crimes.

Levi Browde, Executive Director of the Falun Dafa Information Center, told NTD Television that when the persecution first began on July 20, 1999 at the hands of former CCP Chairman Jiang Zemin, U.S.-based practitioners did everything they could to capture the attention of the U.S. government and inform the public about the truth of what was happening.

As nearly 22 years of persecution have passed, Browde said the annual commemorations have transformed into rallies that have served as a platform for officials, human rights advocates, and religious freedom groups to speak out against the persecution. “The point is to tell the American people and tell the American Government exactly what’s happening to Falun Gong and why it matters for both the practitioners of Falun Gong in China, but really, for America as well,” said Browde.

Falun Gong (法輪功), also known as Falun Dafa (法輪大法), is a free-to-learn qigong practice similar in form to tai chi.
The practice, spread in 1992 by Li Hongzhi, is based on the foundational principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance (真善忍), with an emphasis on cultivation, improvement of an individual’s character in daily life and social conflicts, and traditional values based on China’s 5,000 years of pre-communist civilization.

The practice was widely popular, adding more than 100 million Chinese citizens from all walks of life to its ranks before Jiang, fearing for his personal legacy and power, launched a nationwide suppression campaign at a scale unseen since Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

Jiang used his power to suppress Falun Gong despite total opposition from all other Politburo Standing Committee members and a core tenant enacted by Mr. Li from the time of Falun Gong’s inception, which forbade the practice from being involved in any level of China’s politics.

Despite the official change in power from Jiang to Hu Jintao in 2003, and to Xi Jinping in 2013, the persecution persists to this day.

China needs to change
Speaking at the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit on July 15, former U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom-at-Large, Sam Brownback emphasized that the onus is on China to change itself, “We’re going to get a number of other countries on board until China changes, and opens up to human rights and things like religious freedom.”

Brownback, who is currently Co-Chairman of the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit 2021 Steering Committee and IRF Ambassador-at-Large emphasized that religious freedom is currently “the most abused human right in the world,” but noted “it won’t be if we will stand for each other.”

“We’ve just got to continue to put it in front of the face of the people and say, forced organ harvesting. That is unbelievable that would happen in this day and age, and it’s got to stop,” Brownback said, referencing the Communist Party’s unprecedented crime of forced organ harvesting against Falun Gong’s adherents.
The crime, which involves the forcible surgical removal of vital organs from detained practitioners for sale on the international black market, was first uncovered by former Canadian Secretary of State Asia-Pacific David Kilgour and Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas in an independent 2009 investigation and encapsulated in a Bloody Harvest report.

Brownback added, “And we need to believe it, and to know what’s happening and oppose it until it is stopped.”

Accountability is crucial
IRF Co-Chairwoman Katrina Lantos Swett, who is also President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights, said the CCP’s brazenness results from the world timidly failing to hold the Party accountable, “I feel very strongly that the world does not hold China accountable.”

“China is one of the biggest abusers of human rights in the world today, one community that has suffered unimaginable cruelty at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party is the Falun Gong, for example, victims of mass incarceration, forced organ harvesting, and all sorts of really unimaginable persecutions.”

Since Jiang’s persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999, the U.S. government has only sanctioned CCP officials twice. The first was in December 2020 when former President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo barred Xiamen City police official Huang Yuanxiong and his wife from entering the U.S. for what was described by the State Department as “particularly severe violations of religious freedom of Falun Gong practitioners.”

The second was in May of this year when current President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken saddled Yu Hui, an Office Director of the Chengdu branch of the Central Leading Group of the now-defunct 610 Office created by Jiang and his loyalists specifically to persecute Falun Gong, and his family with sanctions forbidding them from entering the United States.
Yu was targeted by the State Department for his “involvement in gross violations of human rights, namely the arbitrary detention of Falun Gong practitioners for their spiritual beliefs.”

Swett also remarked she was clear that China’s dictatorship does not rule based on law and order, instead relying on censorship, propaganda, surveillance, terror, and violence. Because of the true face of the Communist regime, she said, “I hope and pray that as with the old Soviet Union… it would come down… I also believe the same will happen with the Chinese Communist Party.”

The persecution is genocide
Nina Shea, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, called on the Biden administration to formally designate the CCP’s atrocities against Falun Gong as genocide as it has the campaign against Uyghurs, “It’s time that the United States recognize what is happening, the genocide occurring against practitioners of Falun Gong in China.”

Shea said that the designation of genocide should be described as the destruction of a religious community “with the intent to eradicate it.”

“I don’t think there’s any doubt what has happened these past decades to Falun Gong meets that criteria. This is the most heinous human rights crime. It’s engraved in the American heart that we will never again tolerate this,” said Shea, confirming adherents had been subject to torture, prison, and “black jails” in addition to organ harvesting.

She said although the CCP has been doing everything it can to deny and cover up the campaign of organ harvesting over the last 15 years, the evidence is “absolutely irrefutable.”
Dr. Kurt Werthmuller, Supervisory Policy Analyst at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a U.S. federal government commission, spoke at the event about holding Beijing accountable, “The United States and its like minded partners around the world must do their part to meaningfully hold the CCP accountable for these atrocities.”

Werthmuller noted that his Commission has been calling on the State Department to designate China as a “country of particular concern” since its very first report 21 years ago.

“We have urged the U.S. government to take consequential actions to hold the Chinese government accountable. We continue to urge the U.S. government to pursue a multilateral approach, working together with international partners to expose the CCP’s abuses, and to impose targeted sanctions against Chinese officials and entities responsible for religious freedom violations.”

Werthmuller also called for the Biden administration to announce a diplomatic boycott against the upcoming 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Director of Advocacy for Freedom House, Annie Boyajian, also spoke at the event, thanking practitioners for their commitment in “standing up for those who are persecuted in China.”

Boyajian said Freedom House’s data on the Party’s persecution against Falun Gong over the last year has shown that “The regime’s campaign to eradicate the Falun Gong spiritual practice has continued unabated over the last year,” noting evidence of hundreds of members having been sentenced to lengthy prison terms or subjected to “re-education” camps that directly involve severe abuse and torture with the goal of forcing them to abandon their beliefs.

According to Boyajian, many Party officials who are now involved in the U.S.-designated genocide against Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region by the CCP have forged the credentials needed to rise in rank through first persecuting Falun Gong.
So much this
No one outside of China cares about the Falun Gong. Canadian chinese shills must GTFO.
>chinese shills
You mean anti CCP, you lap dog to the CCP.
Imagine if we took such a firm stance against all our fucking faggot New-Age'ers. All these Crystal Therapy Karens and the Scientologists.
Falun Gong is basically Scientology for Taoists. They believe humans are divine and that actively interferring aliens are causing our human immoralities. And I guess ritual posing can help? It's pretty wacky stuff, and I really don't care about their problems. I haven't forgiven them for tricking me into going to that stupid Shen Yun dance propaganda bullshit.
That may all be true but they don't deserve to be treated like slaves and have their organs harvested lots of people believe in wacky ideas doesn't mean you should persecute them.

Why stop there? Anybody retarded enough to unironically believe in bronze age fairy tales should be in an asylum.
Why not? Fuck Christians, fuck Scientologists, fuck Muslims, fuck Hindus, fuck Taoists, fuck Jews, fuck Crystals, and FUCK the Falun Gong.
smarter than you
Ching ching Chong
Why not? Fuck Christians, fuck Scientologists, fuck Muslims, fuck Hindus, fuck Taoists, fuck Jews, fuck Crystals, and FUCK the Falun Gong.
> and FUCK the Falun Gong.
CCP shill detected only one who cares or knows about them are you and your butt buddies.
Ladies and gentlemen, a typical American trying to act cosmopolitan.
‘America Should Lead the World’ in Ending the Persecution of Falun Gong: Pompeo

The United States should help bring an end to the Chinese regime’s “horrific” persecution of Falun Gong so adherents can exercise freedom of belief, said former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as Beijing’s brutal campaign marks its 22nd year.

Pompeo spoke to NTD, a sister media of The Epoch Times, on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the persecution.

“With respect to Falun Gong,” he said, “the absence of religious freedom in China is horrific, it is tragic, it’s gone on for too long and America needs to lead the world to ensure that those people have the opportunity to practice their faith in the way they want to.”

Falun Gong, a meditation discipline that espouses the values of “truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance”, was first introduced in northern China in 1992, and won broad appeal among the Chinese public for its health benefits. Threatened by its popularity, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched an eradication campaign targeting Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. The entire state apparatus was turned against the practice’s adherents, which by official estimates numbered 70 million to 100 million at the time.

Practitioners over the past two decades have become targets of prolonged imprisonment, slave labor, torture, psychiatric and sexual abuse, and forced organ harvesting for persisting in their faith.

Ahead of July 20, at least 15 U.S. lawmakers issued letters, proclamations, or video messages in support of Falun Gong, so has an international coalition of politicians from 20 countries. A day prior, the State Department also called on the Chinese Communist Party to “immediately cease” the long-running campaign and release all jailed adherents.

“The imprisonment and treatment of Falun Gong practitioners in China is unconscionable, and it truly is a violation of human rights at the highest level,” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) in a letter.

On the crime of forced organ harvesting, Hartzler noted that the 2016 House resolution (H.Res.343) condemning the grisly practice was “a step in the right direction.” But “more must be done,” she said. The congresswoman is one of 17 lawmakers who sponsored the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act of 2021 (H.R.1591) to combat the issue.

“There are few worse crimes that can be imagined,” Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) wrote in a letter, referring to organ harvesting. “This unspeakable crime demands justice for the countless victims who have suffered at the hands of the CCP,” he said.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) released in a statement on Tuesday “in commemoration of the fallen victims” under the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong.

“The CCP has detained Falun Gong practitioners, and in some cases, multiple times, in ‘transformation-through-reeducation’ centers—a preview of the ongoing mass internment and acts of genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang,” he said.

The persecution has continued unabated despite the pandemic last year, with close to 9,500 adherents experiencing police harassment, arrests, or police raids during the past half a year, according to Minghui.org, a U.S.-based website dedicated to documenting the persecution.

The suppression has hit close to home for survivors who have family back in China.
Zhou Deyong, whose wife and son live in Florida, has been held in detention in eastern China’s Shandong Province for months. He was accused of “sabotaging the enforcement of the law” after the police broke into his home and found Falun Gong books and booklets belonging to his wife, also a Falun Gong practitioner.

Deng Cuiping from Yunnan Province, mother of another Florida resident, was arrested in 2016 along with another four practitioners for giving informational materials about the persecution. Deng, who was jailed for three years previously and fired from the primary school where she taught, is currently serving a six-year sentence after being held for eight months without trial.

“The Falun Gong practitioners like my mother are sincere and kind and never hurt anyone. Why do they have to give up six years of their life or longer just to uphold their conscience and belief?” Deng’s daughter Iris Lu Wanqing, an accountant in Temple Terrace, told The Epoch Times in 2019.

Multiple lawmakers also highlighted the core values that the practice promotes. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), in a congressional proclamation to “honor the peaceful practices of Falun Dafa,” said the practice’s teachings “bridge cultures, nationalities, race, gender, and age” that “contribute to a healthier and more harmonious society.”

“Our world would surely be a more peaceful one if we centered those values in our daily lives,” said Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.).

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), who wrote a letter to Beijing authorities concerning Zhou’s plight, said he plans to introduce another resolution to “highlight the particularly egregious nature” of the eradication campaign.

“If we remain silent in the face of these transgressions, we neglect that moral imperative and do so at the peril of civil society,” he said in a pre-recorded speech.

Maybe there is a god, but I refuse to believe zny of the retarded shit you dumbfucks say about it.
It just wouldn't be /news/ without the occasional Falun Gong cult member willing to go on the warpath, out of the blue.
Thanks for coming out, have a good one
fuck the ccp
Falun Gong. Probably the least popular anti-Chinese propaganda mill on the planet. No matter how much media exposure the CIA grants them, nobody wants to join them.
Ii really hope my necrobumping is chapping some asses.
Hey it's a Falun gong thread!
Ccp and 50 cent party should be all over this one
Just read this thread
It's pathetic how they shill for China
>Just read this thread
Oh I have.
Literally nobody gives a shit about Falun gong except Chinese people.
If it weren't for a Chinese person telling me what Falun gong were I would have had to be searching online to figure out what the hell that was

And of course it's no surprise that I see a thread like this on news and somehow I'm supposed to believe every American has become an expert with Falun gong history and passionately disfavor their group
Why does the CCP keep coming here?
Because if they shitpost here they can flip over to another board that they might actually give a shit about like /vmg/ and shitpost there without the supervisor seeing that there account shitposting more about gensin impact than ccp propaganda points.
China is shit but so is Falun Gong and the only reason the Epoch Times is reporting on this is because they’re owned by Falun Gong.
They have fragile egos and can't stand anyone calling them on their crap.
Was about to say this. I don't necessarily disagree with their points, but I didnt see them coming clean with their connections to the Falun Gong anywhere. A lack of full disclosure here troubles me
>I didnt see them coming clean with their connections to the Falun Gong anywhere
You must be blind.

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