(Clearwisdom.net) On July 17, one thousand Falun Gong practitioners
from all over the world held a rally at Upper Senate Park in Washington
D.C., and called for an end of the persecution in China.
Gong practitioners in yellow T-shirts held banners which read "Falun
Dafa is good" "The world needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance"
"End the persecution of Falun Gong" "Release all the jailed
practitioners" and "Bring the murderers of persecution to justice."
the rally, three U.S congressmen and several representatives from
non-government organizations gave speeches. Two more congressmen sent
the support letters condemning the brutal persecution. They pointed out
that the persecution against Falun Gong is also the persecution against
all the Chinese people. They condemned the assaults against Falun Gong
in Flushing, New York, and suggested deporting the Chinese diplomats
who are involved.
Rush Holt, Congressman from New Jersey
Dana Rohrabacher, Congressman
David Matas, human right lawyer from Canada
T. Kumar, representative from Amnesty International
William Murray, chair of Religious Freedom Coalition
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Wright, Chair of Concerned Women for America, said: "We cannot keep
silent when people are being persecuted for their beliefs. We should
expose the evil and help to stop the persecution."
Geheran, from Initiatives for China said: "I admire you from the bottom
of my heart. I admire your courage. Your tolerance beats the
persecution and your benevolence wins over the hatred."
persecution against Falun Gong started nine years ago. According to the
Minghui/Clearwisdom website, 3164 Falun Gong practitioners have been
persecuted to death during the last nine years, and thousands of
practitioners are jailed and being tortured in labor camps, detention
centers and prisons in China.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congresswoman from Florida, expressed in her
speech that the 610 Office
in China, which was set up for persecution of Falun Gong, is an
organization like the Nazi Gestapo or KGB in the former Soviet Union.
She said: "It is horrifying to treat peaceful people this way."
Ros-Lehtinen condemned the brutal persecution. She pointed out that
regarding the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) broke
their promise of improving the human rights situation in China. In
fact, what the CCP has done is the opposite of their promise; the
persecution against Falun Gong and other religious groups is worse now.
She pointed out that the CCP has even extended the persecution
to New York, U.S.A. where Falun Gong practitioners in Flushing, New
York are being assaulted. She mentioned that in a phone conversation,
Peng Keyu, the Chinese general counselor in New York, admitted that he
directed the assaults in Flushing. She suggested that the U.S.
government should deport Chinese diplomats who organize and direct
assaults against American citizens in the U.S.
Holt said in his speech that Falun Gong practitioners standing under
the sun is a symbol of exposing the evil persecution. He expressed that
practitioners not only bring the principle of
"Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" to their belief group, but also
to the whole world. He expressed his appreciation to practitioners for clarifying the truth and bringing human rights to every corner of the world.
Kumar from Amnesty International listed the evidence of persecution. He
mentioned the report by Manfred Nowak, the special rapporteur on
Torture of United Nation, which showed that 2/3 of the persecution
cases in China are the against Falun Gong and at least 50% of labor
camp prisoners in China are Falun Gong practitioners.
Kumar expressed that Falun Gong practitioners are making a strong voice that the evil persecution should be stopped.
He said that President Bush should bring up the persecution issue with the Chinese government.
Matas, a famous human rights lawyer from Canada and co-author of the
report of the CCP's harvesting organs from living Falun Gong
practitioners, also gave a speech at the rally. He listed the evidence
of the organ harvesting and called for the end of this crime against
Jim Geheran from Initiatives for China pointed out that
the evidence of the persecution is not in doubt, and now the question
is how much the public knows about it. He said no matter how hard the
CCP tries to cover up the persecution and control the media, they
cannot keep it from being exposed.
Geheran praised the
practitioners for their courage. "The prisons cannot overcome your
tolerance and hatred cannot overcome your benevolence. You have
manifested your belief in 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.' And
you have shown to the CCP that tyranny and terrorism will fail," he
said, "I admire you from bottom of my heart. Your persistence in truth
and compassion shows your courage."
Other speakers at the rally
included Keith Roderick from Christian Solidarity International, Ann
Delorey from the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington,
Suzanne Scholte, the Chair of Defense Forum Foundation, Erin Weston
from Jubilee Campaign USA, and Li Dayong and Jenny Liu from Global
Service Center for Quitting the Party.