New Zealand: Maori Chief Files Lawsuit Against Jiang Zemin

August 13, 2015

(Minghui.org) Amato Akarana, a local Maori chief in the Auckland area of New Zealand’s North Island, recently joined the wave of lawsuits being filed against the former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for persecuting Falun Gong.

“Jiang Zemin has persecuted Falun Gong and has committed serious criminal offenses. So the Chinese Communist Party should bring him to justice,” Chief Amato said to a Minghui correspondent on July 30.

“I know that, inside China and around the world, more than 100,000 people have stood up and filed criminal complaints concerning this person who initiated the persecution,” Chief Amato said.

“In New Zealand, in my Maori land, more than 70 people have sued Jiang. I am very impressed with their courage and completely support their great efforts.”

Chief Amato has been a long-time supporter of Falun Gong. He said, “[Falun Gong’s teaching of] Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is humankind’s great spiritual foundation. In my family, in my tribe, there are many Falun Gong practitioners. For many years I have regarded Falun Gong practitioners as part of my family.”

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Chief Amato doing the Falun Gong exercises with practitioners at Aotea Square in Auckland in 2007

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Chief Amato in the Falun Gong parade in Auckland on February 23, 2009

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Chief Amato visited Falun Gong practitioners at an activity on Mountain Eden in 2013.

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Chief Amato visited Falun Gong practitioners at an activity at Mission Bay, a famous tourist spot, in 2015.

“Maori condemn those who persecute good people. Live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners is a crime against humanity. Maori will not tolerate this crime. I also understand that Jiang Zemin has extended the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners to New Zealand, and we will not allow that to happen,” he said.

Chief Amato was referring to the attacks that took place on April 24 and July 16 of this year. A Chinese organization in New Zealand that is under the direct control of the Chinese consulate harassed and cursed Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese consulate.

The organization also told a local Chinese newspaper, Chinese Times, to publish an article that slandered and lied about Falun Gong. When practitioners talked to the chief editor of the newspaper, they were told that all the reports published in their newspaper had to be censored by the Chinese consulate.

Chief Amato was upset about the attacks. He said, “The Chinese Communist Party Consulate in Auckland should stop doing bad things to Falun Gong practitioners in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and on Maori land. If they defame Falun Gong, then they also defame Maori.”

He believes that the attacks violated his and his people’s rights, so he decided to file a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin. He included the recent attacks as evidence.

The Maori, about 400,000 strong, are the original inhabitants of New Zealand. Many of them practice Falun Gong, and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are widely appreciated by the Maori.

On May 8, 2009, Chief Amato issued a proclamation to Falun Gong, proclaiming the week of May 7 “New Zealand Falun Dafa Week” on behalf of the Aotearoa Tangata Whenua Maori, Faa Samoa, Pacifica, Sovereign Council of Chiefs.

This year on May 13, the birthday of the founder of Falun Gong Master Li Hongzhi, Chief Amato joined practitioners’ celebration at Mission Bay. “Happy birthday, Master Li! And thank you very much for all the blessings you have brought us,” he said at the celebration.

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

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U.K.: Members of Parliament Support Falun Gong

August 13, 2015 | By a British Falun Gong practitioner

(Minghui.org) British Falun Gong practitioners held activities in front of Parliament and the Office of the Prime Minister on July 15 and 16, 2015, to tell people about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong. Several Parliament members attended the activities or sent letters of support.

Large banners reading “The World Needs Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance” and “Falun Dafa Is Great” and photos of people who died as a result of the persecution were on display. Many people stopped to learn more and signed a petition calling for the persecution to end.

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British Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Houses of Parliament on July 15 to decry the CCP persecution of Falun Gong.

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Practitioners demonstrate the second Falun Gong exercise.

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Many people stop to learn more and sign a petition to end the persecution.

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Lord Hylton came to show his support.

Lord Hylton attended the activities on July 15. He said, “For a long time, I have been concerned about human rights in China. You are right on demanding those responsible for terrible abuses to be prosecuted and brought to justice. My best wishes!”

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Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, said, “I’m very concerned about what’s going on.”

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, said, “I’m very concerned about what’s going on. From what I heard, the persecution is ongoing. Especially the abuse of organs–deeply troubling.”

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David Amess, MP for Southend West, came to show his support.

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Ian Murray, MP for Edinburgh South

Ian Murray, Labor Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South, wrote in a letter of support: “We should stand together and confront persecution wherever we find it. Tolerance and respect are the pillars of a civilized and mature society. People should not be persecuted for practicing what they believe in. I hope today’s gathering sends out a clear message of solidarity coupled with the hope that things can be better in the future for all who choose to practice Falun Gong.”

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Michael Ellis, MP for Northampton North

Michael Ellis, MP for Northampton North, wrote, “I am sorry that I am unable to join you today at this rally. The freedom of people around the world to be able to practice their beliefs is important and is a human right that should be respected by all Governments around the world. The reported persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong in China is extremely troubling and I hope that amends can be made soon. I know that the UK Government often raise the issue of Human Rights with their Chinese counterparts and that this Government strongly supports the rights of all to practice their beliefs wherever they live.”

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British Falun Gong practitioners on July 18, 2015, calling for an end to the persecution in China.

On Saturday, July 18, about one hundred practitioners gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy in London. They paraded through the downtown area, Chinatown, and past the Office of the Prime Minister. They held pictures of persecution victims and banners about quitting the CCP. They delivered a petition to the Office of the Prime Minister with signatures collected from the public, calling for an end to the persecution.

Practitioners held activities in front of the Office of the Prime Minister, Chinatown, and Saint Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square that afternoon. Tourists from all over the world learned about the persecution in China and condemned the brutality against innocent Falun Gong practitioners.

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Category: Voices of Support Worldwide

Incurable Patient Recovers after Practicing Falun Gong

August 09, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in China

(Minghui.org)

Greetings, revered Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!

I started practicing Falun Gong in 1996 and am now 78 years old. My life was once filled with suffering. Luckily, I met Master and Dafa. I don’t know how much Master has shouldered for me or how many tribulations Master has resolved for me. There is no way I can repay Master for his infinite grace.

Disaster Strikes

Three days before my son was a month old, disaster struck. My daughter, who was two and a half, started crying out of the blue and went into convulsions. She was foaming at the mouth and lost her voice.

We took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with acute cerebral meningitis. She died soon after.

I was filled with sadness on the way home. But when I got home, I saw my son with exactly the same symptoms. He was going into convulsions, foaming at the mouth, and unable to cry. He died soon after we got to the hospital.

Having lost two of my four children in one night, I had a breakdown and no longer wanted to live. It was winter and freezing cold, with snow 10 inches deep. I laid down in the snow in front of my home and wouldn’t get up, no matter how people pulled me or tried to persuade me. I passed out.

I don’t know how long I lay there when the head of the village came, picked me up, and carried me into the house and to my bed.

Then I started having convulsions. My fists clenched, and my toes curled. No one could open them. It felt as if there was an explosion in my head. I even lost the ability to speak.

I went to four large provincial hospitals, but they all refused to accept me. They believed that I was incurable. I then tried a famous local Chinese herbal doctor, but that didn’t work either. It was a life worse than death.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Just after the 1996 New Year, my older brother came to see me. He said, “How about you learn Falun Gong? I heard that it’s very good, and it’s free.” I thought, “I’m dying. What’s the point of learning Falun Gong?” I didn’t want to go, but my brother and his wife insisted, so I reluctantly went the local exercise site.

I watched people doing the exercises and just stared at those who were doing the movements the best. When I got home, I tried to imitate them.

Within a few days, I had learned how to do all of the exercises. I then went to the site every day, exercised with them, and listened to them reading the Falun Gong books. I come from poor family and have never been to school, so I couldn’t read.

On the seventh day, my voice returned. I had been dreaming that I could speak again one day. No words could express how excited I was.

My hands sometimes still went into spasms, but my body didn’t anymore. A few days later, even my hands stopped clenching. I had completely recovered, and I was determined to study the Falun Gong teachings until the end.

Master Teaches Me to Read the Book

When I saw other practitioners reading the book Zhuan Falun fluently, I felt very sad that I couldn’t read. A practitioner later gave me a copy. I asked my brother: “Why are all the words in gold?” He replied with a confused look: “They are clearly black. How can they be gold?”

I knew this book was a treasure. I opened it and looked at it that evening, but I couldn’t read anything. I started crying until I slumped over the table and fell asleep.

In my dream, Master wrote the words on a blackboard and taught me how to read. A few times I woke up from the dream while I was reading.

When I did the second exercise, holding the arms in front of my head, a screen about 13 inches tall and a few inches wide appeared in front of my eyes. There were two lines written on it in chalk. They stood out very clearly. When I read them, I saw that they are from the Fa that I had learned the day before. And the words moved. Every day they appeared in front of my eyes as long as I did this exercise.

Able to Read the Whole Book

After I recovered my health, I went out to earn a living.

I carried the book with me wherever I went. I promised myself that I would learn at least three words a day. I asked passersby whatever words I didn’t know, and they were happy to tell me. Then I recited the words as I walked, so I wouldn’t forget them.

Someone said to me, “You can’t read, so why are you trying to read such a thick book?” “My illness was cured by reading this book,” I replied.

I eventually learned all the words in Zhuan Falun, and I can now read the whole book. But I do read very slowly. It takes me 5-6 hours to complete one chapter. But I don’t mind. I just keep reading it. Even when the persecution was at its peak, I didn’t stop. I haven’t stopped reading and doing the exercises for even a day.

Local Officials Visit Me After the Persecution Starts

The Chinese Communist Party started its persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. One day, nine officials from the county 610 Office, political and security section, town hall, and police station came to my home.

They asked me if I practiced Falun Gong and why. They listened quietly as I told them my story. Before they left, one of them said, “Everyone in town knows about your illness. If you think Falun Gong is good, just practice it at home. We will leave you alone.”

I told them that I didn’t want them to come see me again. The authorities never returned.

Recovering from a Terrible Accident in 18 Days

I make my living picking up recyclables and selling them.

In 2009, a motorbike hit me when I went out late at night. I fell down and passed out.

A man who worked at a night market saw the accident, stopped the two young bikers, and told them to take me to the hospital.

I regained consciousness when the doctor was giving me an injection. When I asked them why I was there, they just looked at me and didn’t answer. I told the doctor that I practice Falun Gong and didn’t want an injection.

The two men on the motorbike pulled the needle out and helped me put my shoes back on. They held my arms and we walked out of the hospital.

One of the men took out 50 yuan and said, “This is all I have.” I said, “I don’t want your money. Why should I take money from you?” They left the money with me and ran away.

I sat outside the hospital until one of my relatives came at 6 a.m. At around 8 a.m. my son and daughter arrived. When they asked the doctor about me, he said, “Your mother probably will not live. She has two broken ribs and internal bleeding that has gone into her brain and eyes and can cause blindness. She is in a critical condition.”

The doctor told my son it would cost at least 30,000 yuan for me to be hospitalized. My son said to me with tears in his eyes, “Mom, what I can do? Where can we borrow that kind of money?”

I told him, “Even if you can borrow all that money, I wouldn’t stay in the hospital. I have Master to take care of me. Let me go home and do my exercises. Don’t worry, I won’t die.”

Then I asked him, “Can you take me to your dad?” By that time, my eyes had swollen shut completely.

My husband lives in a shed at a construction site in the middle of nowhere. He didn’t want to take me in and told our son, “If your mom died here, I can’t find any help.”

“I will live here, and I guarantee I won’t die,” I told him.

When I lived with my husband, over ten people came to see me, and all of them thought that I would die. After the head of the construction company came to see me, he said, “I’ll leave this shed to you for your funeral arrangements.”

I couldn’t read because of my swollen eyes, so I put a hot towel over them and repeatedly said, “Falun Dafa is good.” I asked Master to help me so that they would recover and I could read.

I did the exercises every morning, even when I was in great pain. Sometimes the pain was so bad that I couldn’t stand. I then sat down and did the meditation exercise. The rest of the time, I sent forth righteous thoughts day and night.

On the 18th day, at the age of 73, I recovered without taking any medicine.

Someone later saw me and said in surprise, “Weren’t you dying?! How did you recover?”

I answered, “I recovered from that terrible accident by practicing Falun Gong.” I then told them about Falun Gong and the persecution, and asked them to quit the Chinese Communist Party.

Everyone I told this decided to quit the Party, including the head of the construction company who wanted to give us the shed for my funeral.

In my cultivation, each step I take, each test I pass, and every tribulation I overcome is possible only because Master is shouldering the suffering for me.

Thinking about Master brings tears to my eyes. Without Master, I don’t know how many times I could have died. Thank you, Master, for your infinite grace!

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Category: Journeys of Cultivation