North Vancouver: Falun Gong Praised During Caribbean Days Festival

August 04, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Zhang Ran

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners participated in the annual Caribbean Days parade in North Vancouver on July 25, 2015. The city mayor thanked them for their compassion, and paid tribute to Falun Gong for bringing people happiness and harmony.

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The Divine Land Marching Band in the Caribbean Days parade on July 25, 2015.

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The Falun Gong exercises.

“This is one of the biggest groups in the parade and I walked with them from beginning to the end during the parade,” said Darrell Mussatto, Mayor of North Vancouver. He was impressed that practitioners cared about each other with respect and compassion.

This parade is part of Caribbean Days Festival located at the city’s Waterfront Park. Although it is called Caribbean Days, “it is actually an opportunity for people from different background to come together and celebrate. This include Caribbean, European, and Asian communities.” Mussatto commented.

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Darrell Mussatto, Mayor of North Vancouver, speaking with spectators.

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Lotus flower float in the parade at North Vancouver.

Iranian immigrant Karen said she liked the color, especially the lotus flower float. “The color is wonderful and the music is great. I could feel the energy and peace from the group.”

“Today is my birthday and I am glad to see this.” After taking many pictures, Karen said her friend would go back to Iran soon and would pass on the information to people there.

Austin Johnson said he also liked the performance very much. “I can tell the players are well trained. The parade today helps me to know more about Chinese culture, and about Falun Dafa. All these are very meaningful.”

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Austin Johnson (left) said practitioners had brought happiness to people.

Mr. Liu, a university professor in China, was visiting his daughter in Vancouver. He accepted materials of Falun Gong and took videos of practitioners in the parade. “This is very good. And it is different from what the media reported in China.”

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Category: Other Community Events

Framed in New “Self-Immolation” Plot, Hebei Woman Sues Jiang Zemin for Spreading Lies about Falun Gong

August 06, 2015

(Minghui.org) A former government official from Handan County, Hebei Province, is suing Jiang Zemin for launching the persecution of Falun Gong and fabricating lies about the spiritual practice, especially since the practice’s tenets are based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

Ms. Li Fengzhen was under police investigation in late 2009 because someone sent an anonymous letter claiming that she planned a self-immolation incident in Beijing.

She wrote in her criminal complaint: “Jiang Zemin and his accomplices plotted and staged the 2001 self-immolation incident in Tiananmen Square and blamed Falun Gong for the injuries and/or deaths of the participants.

“Falun Gong strictly prohibits killing, and no practitioner would ever set themselves on fire. It was extremely evil and ridiculous that someone would try to frame me years after the staged Tiananmen self-immolation incident.”

She holds Jiang responsible for instigating hatred towards Falun Gong and breeding amoral followers that attack practitioners without a single thought that what they are doing is wrong.

She mailed the complaint to the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate in mid-June and has received confirmation that it was delivered.

Details of Her Case

An anonymous letter was sent to the authorities in Handan City in late 2009, claiming that Ms. Li was going to lead a group of local practitioners to Beijing. The letter claimed that the group intended to commit “self-immolation” in Beijing. Cui Jiangshui, then Party secretary of Handan City, was horrified and ordered an in-depth investigation.

An inspection team was established in the attempt to arrest Ms. Li and other “participating” practitioners. Four officers monitored her home around the clock beginning in early August.

When they broke into Ms. Li’s home on August 29 and attempted to take her to the forced labor camp, they found her lying in bed, injured from a car accident.

Officers searched everywhere and confiscated her computer and USB drives. She explained that the Falun Gong principles prohibit killing or suicide, and she would never set herself on fire or encourage anyone else to. She emphasized that she was being framed, but they did not listen and kept harassing her.

Search for Evidence to Frame Her

When the officers could not find any usable evidence, they got hold of Liu Jun, the driver who was responsible for Ms. Li’s accident. Liu was worried about his legal liability, so he agreed to cooperate. The police claimed that they would make sure that he was not involved in a legal hassle.

They asked him to review footage from the surveillance camera in Ms. Li’s residential area, figuring that he might have seen other practitioners when he was at Ms. Li’s home following the accident. They intended to label those who also visited Ms. Li and were identified by Liu as participants in the “self-immolation.”

However, when the officers paid a final visit to the driver, he was a vegetable as a result of another car accident and died soon after. The police eventually gave up and dropped their case against Ms. Li, who learned the above details about the driver from the officers monitoring her.

Ms. Li’s husband, a bureau-level cadre, felt he was losing face after their home was ransacked and they were harassed, and he demanded a divorce several times. Her children also turned against her. A fine family was torn apart, causing her great heartache.

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 during 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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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

Chinese Law Professionals Voice Support for Falun Gong Practitioners’ Lawsuits Against Jiang Zemin

August 06, 2015

(Minghui.org) More than 120,000 people have filed criminal complaints against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin since the end of May. They are charging him with initiating the brutal persecution of Falun Gong 16 years ago.

The plaintiffs also include non-Falun Gong practitioners, such as human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s wife and children.

Falun Gong practitioners across China who are busy collecting signatures to end the persecution have discovered that their countrymen are very much in favor of the lawsuits. People from different walks of life have voiced their support, especially law professionals, who have a deep understanding of Jiang’s crime against humanity.

Lawsuits Against Jiang Are Encouraging

Zheng Enchong, a renowned human rights attorney, said, “So many people suing Jiang Zemin reflects a fundamental change in China.”

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Renowned human rights Lawyer Zheng Enchong, from Shanghai

Zhang Zanning, a law professor from Southeast University, Jiangsu Province, remarked, “My colleagues and I all think the lawsuits against Jiang are very encouraging. They indicate that the Chinese are becoming more aware of the law. We should support those who seek to protect their legal rights.”

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Zhang Zanning, a law professor from Southeast University

The Persecution Is Unconstitutional

Mr. Han Guangsheng, former Secretary of Justice of Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, said, “The persecution of Falun Gong is fundamentally unconstitutional. It was executed outside of the law and has no foundation in the law. It is a violation of human rights. It is a crime that denies religious freedom and a crime against humanity. Practitioners’ efforts over the years to end the persecution have been very meaningful and, in fact, pressured the CCP to shut down the forced labor system.”

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Mr. Han Guangsheng, former Secretary of Justice of Shenyang City

Forced Organ Harvesting Is a Crime Against Humanity

Attorney Teng Biao, a Doctor of Law from Peking University and a visiting scholar at Harvard University Law School, stated, “The Chinese Community Party (CCP) harvests organs from Falun Gong practitioners and death-penalty criminals against their will. From the reported cases, the extent of the practice is shocking. Falun Gong practitioners are still being persecuted. Jiang and other CCP leaders have committed crimes against humanity. Jiang should stand trial.”

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Attorney Teng Biao, a Doctor of Law from Peking University

Mr. Bao Tong, secretary to former Premier Zhao Ziyang, said, “The CCP’s crimes of live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners and the persecution of Falun Gong for the past 16 years are a public violation of human rights. It makes a mockery of justice and hinders social progress. Everyone that participates in the organ harvesting, including every citizen, and every government agency, should be condemned and should put on trial to accept the judgment of history.”

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Mr. Bao Tong, secretary to former Premier Zhao Ziyang

Every Chinese Citizen Should Sue Jiang

Human rights lawyer Guo Lianhui, the founder of Jiangxi Mingli Law Firm, commented, “It is very good thing to sue Jiang Zemin. He is a villain that did many bad things to our country and its people. He started the persecution of Falun Gong. It is inevitable that he will be punished. When the time comes, I would join everyone and sue him in the Supreme People’s Court.”

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Human rights attorney Guo Lianhui, the founder of Jiangxi Mingli Law Firm

Mr. Yang Guang, a Chinese citizen, wrote in his blog, “I am not a Falun Gong practitioner, but I am touched by practitioners’ courage in filing lawsuits against Jiang Zemin. Not only do I support this movement, but I also call on every Chinese citizen to participate. As a friend, I want to tell Falun Gong practitioners: ‘There are a hundred million people behind ten thousand people, there are several hundred million people behind a hundred million people. You are not alone.’”

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Category: Voices of Support Worldwide