Australian Legislative Member: “I Stand with You in the Fight for Freedom and Justice for All”

July 29, 2015 | By Mu Wenqing, Minghui Correspondent in Perth

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Western Australia held activities in front of the Chinese Consulate in Perth and the downtown Chinese Visa Application Service Center on July 20, 2015, marking 16 years of persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and calling for an end to the persecution.

Mr. Peter Abetz, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), sent a letter of support to the Falun Gong group for their efforts to commemorate 16 years of peaceful resistance. He wrote in his letter, “Freedom is a priceless commodity. It is more precious than gold. Often it is most valued only once it has been removed.

“I commend all those who gathered here today to take a stand for the freedomof the Chinese people, to practice whatever faith or religious practice theywish to follow.

“To persecute a subset of a nation because they follow a particular practicesuch as Falun Gong is abhorrent to all who value freedom. And to useprisoners for harvesting organs defies every standard of human decency.

“I stand with you in the fight for freedom and justice for all.”

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Practitioners expose the persecution in front of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center.

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Practitioner talks to people about Falun Gong and the persecution.

The activities received great support from passersby. Many stopped to learn about the persecution and condemned the human rights violations. A Chinese woman told practitioners, “Jiang Zemin (former leader of the CCP who launched the persecution) should be arrested!”

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Videos About Falun Dafa Were Very Popular at a Fair in China

July 29, 2015 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner from China

(Minghui.org) My boss and colleagues participated in a trade fair in southern China last month.

To attract customers and promote our business, my boss asked the staff to download some American movies and play them at the fair. However, none of them would work.

My boss took my colleague’s computer and searched for programs himself. He accidentally opened a video file that gave information about Falun Dafa, and it was the only file working at the time. It was one that I had downloaded for my colleague to watch.

My boss used to live in the United States, and appeared to accept Falun Dafa. Therefore, the video about Dafa was played at the fair for two days. According to my colleague, our booth was packed and our boss deemed the event to be a success.

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Persecution Meets Principle: The Power of Compassion and Truth

July 29, 2015 | By a practitioner in Hebei Province

(Minghui.org) It happened several years ago, when most people in China were still deceived by the communist regime’s vicious propaganda about Falun Gong. I still remember it vividly, because I witnessed how a person—even a thug who persecutes Falun Gong practitioners—could be changed by compassion and truth.

I had ridden my bicycle to the countryside that morning to distribute some informational materials about Falun Gong and the persecution. Someone reported me to the police and several officers stopped me on the way home. They all looked tough and swore at me as they took me to the police station.

One of them, who claimed to be well-trained in martial arts, brutally beat me, ignoring my attempts to explain why the persecution was wrong. After taking away my bike and my half-full bag of Falun Gong materials, these officers tied me to a tree in the yard. Another officer searched my pocket and found five yuan, the only money I had with me.

“Only five yuan?” asked the officer in disappointment, “It’s not worth our efforts. Wait and see how much fine you’ll have to pay later on.”

“I hope you will not do that,” I said to him calmly. “I came here handing out materials not for myself, but for people living in this area, including your family. The practice of Falun Gong improved my health, and my entire family has benefited from it. I sincerely hope your family can benefit from it, too.”

He looked at me, but did not say anything. With that five yuan, he left and came back with a watermelon. The officers then released me from the tree and led me into the police station.

Looking at the officers as they devoured their piece of watermelon, I felt sad for them: Working as low level police officers, their salary is low because all the money went to higher officials who easily embezzle millions or billions and who own luxury houses and high-end cars.

To make it worse, they were not aware that arresting and beating innocent Falun Gong practitioners is violating the law. By siding themselves with the Communist Party and defying the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, they were putting their future in danger.

My eyes filled with tears as I thought about the informational materials they confiscated, which could be destroyed and thus unable to help people learn the truth about Falun Gong.

“What are you crying for? Do you want some watermelon?” I looked up and saw the officer who beat me earlier, holding out a small piece of watermelon.

“No, thank you,” I replied.

“Tell me what you want,” he asked.

“Please give the materials back and let me go home. I did not commit any crime, and as a citizen I have the freedom of belief.”

“Nonsense!” he yelled, “You did not cry during the beating. Why do you care about those useless papers and want them back? Do you know you could be arrested again, beaten again, or even jailed because of them?”

Seeing several other officers also looking at us, I raised my voice for them to hear clearly. “Trust me, those papers could save people’s lives.” I explained to him how some practitioners chose to live a thrifty life and, penny by penny, saving money to print another copy of the materials. “We did this from our hearts and we did this for people like you. Please, take a copy and read it. You will understand what I mean.”

Hearing what I said, one officer took several copies of the materials and handed them to others. They all began to read.

Two new police officers came at lunch time for the next shift. One of them was waiting outside and the other came into the room.

“Is that you? I have been searching for you for a long time. Do you remember me?” asked the policewoman, with surprise and excitement.

“Me? Have we met before?” I was confused.

“Of course we did,” she said. “I lost 2,000 yuan a while ago and you found it. You waited there until I returned. Then you gave the money back to me and did not tell me your name. When I thanked you, you told me to thank your Teacher, because it was your teacher who taught you to be a good person.”

Yes, now I remembered this incident a couple of months ago. “So, do you think I am a good person?” I asked.

“Definitely!” She then lowered her voice, and said, “I want to let you go, but I dare not do so.”

She came back after a while, bringing a steamed bun and a bottle of water, “Please eat something.”

“Sorry I cannot help much here.” She paused and told me, “There is chance that they may send you to a detention center. Please take a good care of yourself.” I saw tears in her eyes.

Hearing this, I felt a bit scared. After all, the Chinese communist could do anything to a practitioner, as they have done so to many imprisoned practitioners in the past. But on the other hand, I was clear that what I was doing was righteous and important. In the battle between good and evil, goodness always prevails.

“Thank you for your kindness—you will be blessed for it,” I said to her. “Please also tell your family members that Falun Gong is good and there is nothing wrong for one to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Remind them not to be misled by the Party’s hate propaganda.”

“I promise,” she said.

After lunch was over, the police officer who beat me earlier came in first.“Hurry, we need to go now,” he said while walking towards me. Before I knew what he was doing, he put five yuan back into my pocket and lowered his voice, “If I had read those materials earlier, I would not have beaten you.”

At that moment, other officers also came in. Knowing that at least two police officers had decided to support practitioners, I was in tears again. I knew this was the power of compassion and truth.

By then, I no longer had any fear. I still did not know where they would send me, but it did not matter. Wherever I went, I would keep telling people—including police officers—about Falun Gong and the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

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Sydney, Australia: Practitioners Hold Large-scale Events to Mark 16 Years of Peaceful Resistance

July 27, 2015 | By Hua Qing, Minghui correspondent in Sydney

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Sydney held large-scale activities at Milsons Point and Bradfield Park on July 19, 2015, to commemorate 16 years of peaceful resistance to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. They formed large Chinese characters, did the Falun Gong exercises, and held a candlelight vigil to mourn their fellow practitioners who died as a result of the persecution in China. Their activities sent a strong voice: “Stop the persecution! Bring Jiang Zemin to justice! Disintegrate the CCP!”

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Falun Gong practitioners in Sydney form the Chinese words “Rectify the Fa” in Bradfield Park

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Practitioners form rays around a colorful Falun.

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Candlelight vigils at Milsons Point and Bradfield Park

On a chilly, wintry seashore, colorful Falun and Chinese calligraphy formed by practitioners created a stunning and unique scene. Moved by the beauty of this stately and solemn event, passersby stopped by to find out more about Falun Gong, take pictures, and many expressed their wish for the persecution in China to end soon.

Australians Support Falun Gong

Sydney resident Jan told Falun Gong practitioners that she and her husband had watched them getting ready for the activity since morning. They commented on the beauty of the Falun Gong exercises and said that they wished for the day the persecution would end. They said that they would also ask their family and friends to sign the online petition to call for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong.

Michelle made a special trip to see the activity after her son told her that he had seen a beautiful scene at the seashore. When talking with practitioners about the persecution, Michelle said, “We have been living here peacefully. It’s hard to imagine that such terrible things are happening on the other side of the Earth. I hope the persecution will stop soon!” She added that she had visited the Truth Compassion Forbearance Art Exhibit in a downtown gallery. Before leaving, she gave her contact information so that practitioners could could send her additional information.

When Mr. Adakai learned about the persecution, he said, “The murderer should be brought to the justice. It’s great you are suing him! The persecution must stop. I would be very sad if my family or I were treated like this. If you ignore it, it might happen to you someday. The United Nations Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International should take action to stop it. All groups and individuals who have the capability should take action to help stop it.”

Jiang Must Be Brought to Justice for His Bloody Debt!”

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French Falun Gong practitioner Thomas Dobson and his family

Thomas Dobson, a French Falun Gong practitioner currently living in Sydney, participated in the large-scale Chinese character formation with his wife and son. Thomas was proud of his seven-year-old son, Oliver, who was able to meditate with the adults for 4 hours. Oliver said he enjoyed it also.

Thomas remarked that he saw hope for an end to the persecution, because more than 80,000 Chinese people had filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin. The persecution launched by Jiang has cost thousands and thousands of lives, many of them killed for their organs. Thomas said, “Jiang must be brought to justice for his bloody debt!”

Thomas added, “My family and I have been missing our fellow practitioners in Changchun (the birthplace of Falun Gong). We would like to give them our strongest support! I’m so glad to see that practitioners in Changchun and other places in China have done an outstanding job of clarifying the facts of Falun Gong. I hope that Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and traditional cultivation culture will turn China into a better place, and be an example for people around the world.”

Call for CCP’s Disintegration and End of the Persecution

Professor Li Yuanhua, one of the activity organizers, said of the candlelight vigil, “We are here to mourn Falun Gong practitioners who died as a result of the CCP’s persecution, which has lasted for the past 16 years. We are also showing support for the Chinese people who have filed criminal charges against Jiang Zemin…We call for the disintegration of the CCP and an end to the persecution.”

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Over 50 Falun Gong Practitioners in New Zealand File Criminal Complaints Against Jiang Zemin

July 28, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in New Zealand

(Minghui.org) Over 50 Falun Gong practitioners in New Zealand filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), who initiated the persecution of Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999.

They joined over 100,000 people to sue Jiang Zemin since the end of May 2015. They urge the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Supreme People’s Court to bring Jiang to justice for his abuses of power in orchestrating the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

The complaints charge Jiang with unlawful imprisonment, depriving citizens of their constitutional right to freedom of belief, abuse of power, and many other crimes. Jiang created the 610 Office, giving it the power to override the police and judicial system to carry out his directive.

Over the past 16 years, more than 3,800 Falun Gong practitioners have been confirmed tortured to death. The actual toll is likely higher, because such information is tightly censored in China.

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Practitioners rally in front of the Parliament building in Wellington, New Zealand to bring attention to the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Those who filed criminal complaints against Jiang hold copies of their complaints in hands.

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Plaintiff Xiaojun Chen speaks at the rally.

Practitioner Guohua Huang narrated how his wife Luo Zhixiang was tortured to death, and how he was also tortured, for their refusing to renounce their belief in Falun Gong at the demands of Chinese communist authorities.

Huang said, “Suing Jiang Zemin is also delivering a warning message to those who still conducting the persecution. They must stop their involvement in the persecution.”

Practitioner Xiaojun Chen was sentenced to prison in China for 7 years for practicing Falun Gong. He was the first in New Zealand to file charges against Jiang. He said, “Chinese people are misled by the Communist Party’s propaganda demonizing Falun Gong. The CCP instigated many people to participate in the persecution. As a result, they commit wrongdoing.”

“I have mailed copies of my complaint to those who were involved in persecuting me. I wish they stop their wrongdoing. The lawsuit against Jiang provides them an opportunity to awaken and repent.”

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Hanwen Zhang’s family of four, who have all filed criminal complaints against Jiang.

Practitioner Hanwen Zhang’s family of four suffered brutal persecution in China for their belief. They were arrested, beaten, held in brainwashing centers, and forced to stay away from home to avoid further arrests. They were reunited in New Zealand two year ago.

Zhang said, “Suing Jiang is also to let the public know about the persecution.”

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Police Chief to Postal Worker: “Mail the Complaints for Them.”

July 28, 2015

(Minghui.org) Two Falun Gong practitioners from Liaoning Province recently joined more than 80,000 people in filing complaints against Jiang Zemin for launching the persecution against Falun Gong. Despite initial difficulties, they gained support of the local police chief and sent out their legal documents.

The two practitioners went to a local post office in Fushen City on July 10, 2015, to mail out their prepared legal documents. However, the postal worker there refused to accept their parcels. The practitioners pointed out that it was their right to mail letters to whomever they wish and demanded an explanation.

The post office had received directives from the local police not to accept any mail destined for the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Supreme People’s Court. The practitioners and the postal worker then went to the local police station for confirmation.

At the police station, the practitioners reiterated that mailing letters was their right as Chinese citizens and it was illegal to reject their letters.

They also shared that more than 20,000 people had filed complaints against Jiang in the previous week alone.

After listening to the practitioners explain why they wanted to file complaints against Jiang and how Falun Gong had been wrongfully persecuted for the past 16 years, the police chief eventually understood.

“Mail the complaints for them,” he said.

Background

In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners in the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang’s directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

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Events Across Asia Support Global Efforts to Bring Former Chinese Dictator to Justice

July 27, 2015 | By Falun Gong practitioners in Asian countries

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners around the world have held various events over the last two weeks to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the peaceful resistance against the persecution in China. They also publicized the recent wave of criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party and the main culprit responsible for the persecution.

Events held in Taiwan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia and Indonesia were a part of this global effort to call for an end to the atrocities in China.

In Front of the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan

About 5,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered in front of the Presidential Office Building on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei on July 18, 2015. They did the Falun Gong exercises and commemorated the practitioners who were killed in the brutal persecution in China.

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Doing the Falun Gong exercises on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei. The banner reads, “Mourning Falun Gong Practitioners Who Have Died As a Result of the Persecution by the Chinese Communist Regime.”

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A young man signs a petition calling for bringing Jiang Zemin to justice for launching the persecution of Falun Gong

The Minghui website has received reports of more than 103,000 practitioners from inside and outside China filing lawsuits between early May and July 23 this year. Plaintiffs hold Jiang responsible for initiating the persecution of Falun Gong and causing them great harm and tremendous suffering during the past 16 years.

Rally in South Korea

Falun Gong practitioners and supporters in Korea held a rally at Seoul Plaza on July 20, 2015.

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Practitioners began the rally by demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises

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Dr. Wu Shilei, spokesperson for the Korea Falun Dafa Association, formally announced the kickoff of the signature collection drive in Korea supporting Chinese people filing criminal complaints against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin.

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Four renowned persons in Korea who spoke at the rally sign a criminal report form urging the Chinese authorities to bring Jiang Zemin to justice. (From left to right: Mr. Park Hee Do, former chief of staff of the South Korea Army; Professor Choi Woo-Won, Asian Philosophical Association Co-president; Mr. Seo Kyung-Seok, pastor; Mr. Kim Sang-Hun, North Korean human rights activist.)

“People in China and around the world have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin and the Party, indicating that the Chinese Communist Party is moving toward its demise,” said Professor Choi Woo-Won, Co-president of the Asian Philosophical Association, at the rally.

Seoul City Hall civil servants and other staff and many tourists signed a criminal report form citing Jiang’s crimes.

According to Chinese law, a criminal report form signed and dated by any individual with knowledge of a crime constitutes a criminal complaint that can be submitted to the People’s Supreme Procuratorate and Court.

“I’ve long known about the Chinese Communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong. Freedom of belief and faith must be protected, no one is allowed to harm it,” said Yves Morissette, after signing a criminal report form against Jiang. She is an analyst at a bank in Montreal, Canada who was traveling in Korea at the time of the event.

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A family of four from Israel learns about the persecution and the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin and signs a criminal report form.

Candlelight Vigil in Macau

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A candlelight vigil held in Macau

Falun Gong practitioners in Macau held a candlelight vigil in the park opposite the Chinese Liaison Office at dusk on July 19, 2015. They mourned the practitioners who have died as a result of the brutal persecution over the past 16 years in China, and at the same time, they informed people about the global effort to bring Jiang Zemin to justice.

Malaysia

Falun Gong practitioners in Malaysia held a two-day event, on July 19 and 20, 2015 to raise awareness of the Chinese regime’s 16-year brutal persecution and to support the more than 80,000 Chinese people who have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin.

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A rally held near the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on July 20, 2015

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People sign a petition calling for an end to the Chinese regime’s state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China.

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Nadarajah, a lawyer, said that suing Jiang Zemin is the right thing to do, and that people will support it.

“It has violated all human rights principles,” said Mr. Nadarajah, regarding the Chinese regime’s crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. “It should be stopped in any circumstance. We will support the effort to end the persecution.”

Rally and Signature Drive in Jakarta and Batam, Indonesia

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Falun Gong practitioners in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia displayed banners near Hotel Indonesia in the business district on July 11, 2015, supporting the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin in China.

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A reenactment of forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners raises awareness of the atrocities taking place in China.

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Practitioners in Batam collected signatures on July 12 to support the lawsuits against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin.

The banner reads, “Global Support for Chinese People Suing Jiang Zemin for Persecuting Falun Gong.”

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