Police harass citizens
practicing their daily
Falun Gong exercises.
The Chinese government
destroys Falun Gong materials.
A Falun Gong practitioner's
room illegally ransacked
by the police.
Police brutally treat people
appealing peacefully in
Tiananmen Square for the
right to practice Falun Gong.
Practitioner from USA :
Practitioner from Toronto, Canada:
Falun Gong practitioners are
being tortured and murdered
in China simply for not upholding
their right to practice Falun Gong.
Torture Methods used on
Falun Gong practitioners.
Clarifying the truth of Falun
Gong, appealing for an end to the
persecution, and asking for support.
(signing petition to support)
Holding a candle light vigil
in memory of those persecuted
to death in China for practicing
Information on the Situation in China
You may have heard about a massive crackdown against Falun
Dafa currently going on in China. Exactly what is happening,
and why has the Chinese government unleashed its fury against
a practice that is so obviously peaceful and non-threatening?
We hope we can help shed some light on these questions for
It must first be understood that the Chinese government,
run by the Communist Party, is officially atheist, so anything
of a spiritual nature is discouraged and often outlawed because
it is not in keeping with Communist ideology. For us in nations
with democratically elected governments, freedom of belief
is considered to be one of the most basic universal rights,
but in China, such fundamental human rights are rarely protected.
On April 25, 1999, more than 10,000 Falun Dafa practitioners
held a legal, peaceful gathering in Beijing outside the Chinese
leadership compound, Zhongnanhai. The assembly was prompted
by reports of violence and harassment previously inflicted
upon Falun Dafa practitioners by Chinese police in the city
of Tianjin, as well as an unjustified ban on publishing Falun
Dafa materials. The assembly was peaceful and orderly, and
after participants presented their case before Mr. Zhu Rongji,
Premier of the Chinese State Council, they quietly returned
to their homes.
The event clearly shook the Chinese leadership because they
hadn't anticipated that so many people could have gathered
so quickly in the heart of the capital. Not since the Tiananmen
Incident in 1989 involving many Beijing students had so many
people gathered together to make an appeal to the government,
and the government's reaction to that particular incident
was, of course, swift and brutal.
On the night of July 19th, 1999, police raided the homes
of hundreds of practitioners and dragged them off to prison.
The next day, Falun Dafa was officially declared illegal in
China. From that moment forward, a massive government campaign
was formed to suppress and destroy Falun Dafa. The state-controlled
media worked overtime to spread false information to the public,
and they also sent out their propaganda through the Chinese
embassies stationed around the world. The purpose was to mislead
the public and cover up their severe human rights abuses against
Falun Dafa practitioners as thousands were rounded up and
held in detention for interrogation, torture, and so-called
To date, the Chinese government has used any method available
to terrorize and pressure people to renounce their faith.
They have pitted society and family members against each other
through threats and heavy fines, and thousands have lost their
jobs and their homes. And the list goes on.
Millions of Falun Dafa books and tapes have been publicly
burned and destroyed. Access to all Internet websites regarding
Falun Dafa have been blocked or jammed in China, and those
who send out accounts of the beatings and abuse they experience
while in detention have been arrested and jailed for "leaking
state secrets." Practitioners are denied legal representation
and have received sentences up to 18 years in prison in show
trials. Thousands of others are sent to forced labor camps
with no trial at all.
Even worse, many Falun Dafa practitioners are being committed
to psychiatric wards and forcibly medicated with powerful
psychotropic drugs causing serious harm to their bodies. This
is a tactic used in the Soviet Union under Stalin as a way
to make the public think that the victims are mentally insane
and therefore they deserve to be locked up.
To date (January 2006), there are 2,806 documented cases
of otherwise healthy practitioners being beaten and tortured
to death while in detention.
During these months of violence and torture, Falun Dafa practitioners
have shown unparalleled kindness and forbearance. Not a single
practitioner has struck back or physically retaliated against
police. Worldwide, all practitioners have used only non-violent,
peaceful, and legal means to appeal. This kind of conduct,
in the face of such torment and injustice exhibited on such
a large scale, has spoken eloquently to the world about the
fundamentally peaceful and compassionate nature of Falun Dafa.
What Can You Do to Help?
The best way you can help is to let people around you know
what Falun Dafa is. Let them know that it is a practice based
on ancient philosophies that helps people gain better health
and peace of mind. China's biggest weapon against all spiritual
practices is to call them 'cults' because the derogatory connotations
of that word is often enough to put people on guard, and in
the case of Falun Dafa, it is a label that is completely inaccurate.
Practitioners lead normal lives and participate actively in
their communities. The practice is an individual choice and
is centered on the improvement of one's self. There are no
obligations, and everyone is free to come and go as they choose.
Falun Dafa is more accurately thought of as a "cultivation
practice," which is a concept that may be somewhat new
to us in the West. Many other self-cultivation practices similar
to Falun Dafa have been practiced in China for many centuries,
as they have provided health, wisdom, and peace of mind to
countless generations. As these arts become more familiar
in the West, our vocabulary for them will expand.
Also let people know what is happening to Falun Dafa practitioners
in China. Get copies of the two-part video "Falun Gong:
The Real Story" and invite your friends and colleagues
to screenings. Write to your government representatives so
they know that their constituents are concerned about the
human rights situation in China.
"We are not against the government now, nor will
we be in the future. Other people may treat us badly, but
we do not treat others badly, nor do we treat people as enemies.
We are calling for all governments, international organizations
and people of goodwill worldwide to extend their support and
assistance to us in order to resolve the present crisis that
is taking place in China."
- Li Hongzhi, July 22, 1999
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