Falun Gong is freely practised in 40 countries around the world, but relentlessy persecuted in China. The peaceful courage of practitioners there has shocked their oppressors and moved the people of the world. While China continues to block all information, FGM-TV brings you the stories you may not hear anywhere else.
Hello, and welcome to FGM-TV on
September 25th, 2001. I'm Susan Mitchell.
In International news:
§ SOS walks around the world support the plight of practitioners persecuted in China
§ Special report of the introduction of Falun Gong to the three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
§ More SOS walks and encouragement from city officials
This week's update from China:
§ The number of Falun Gong practitioners known to have died while in detention is 282 as of today, although credible sources in China say that the actual number killed exceeds one thousand.
§ A Falun Dafa conference is held successfully in a Beijing suburb
§ Terrorist Attacks and PRC National Day: new excuses for a massive roundup of Falun Gong practitioners
§ PRC Propaganda departments order Chinese state media organizations to describe the self-immolation incident in Tiananmen Square on January 23 as 'terrorist' acts
Retribution Stories of those who have persecuted Falun Dafa and then suffered personal misfortune
Beautiful coloured lights appear during a group practice in Japan
Special Report from an introduction of Falun Gong to the Baltics
And now, a special brief report about a recent initiative in Europe.
For two weeks in September, I had the privilege of representing Canadian Falun Gong practitioners in the Baltic countries. We had been invited by the President's Office in Estonia to introduce the practice to their country. The Policy Consultant to the President, Margit Tombek, wrote saying that she thought many Estonians would be interested in Falun Gong. We decided to team up with Swedish, Finnish and Latvian practitioners and travel to the capital cities of the three Baltic countries, spending a few days in each.
While in Talinn, Estonia, the tragic events in New York and Washington unfolded, making it impossible for foreign news editors to devote air time or newspaper space to a peaceful practice. However, the producers of the Estonian State TV Breakfast Program thought that their viewers would appreciate a few meditative moments to balance the horrific images being broadcast from the US, and we performed the Falun Gong exercises and discussed their benefits to a wide audience.
Over a three-day period, our team of nine people walked through Talinn, distributing thousands of flyers explaining the truth of the persecution in China and giving a brief overview of the practice of Falun Dafa. We presented a set of books and music to the National Library of Estonia and shared information and exercises with hundreds of people in the parks.
Other media promised to cover the SOS Global Rescue Walk scheduled to arrive in Talinn the following week. Before leaving the city to drive south to Riga, we were able to meet with Margit Tombek at the President's Palace and present her with the Falun Dafa books and music.
In Riga, the capital of Latvia, the practitioners had arranged a meeting with the Policy Adviser to the State President, Andrejs Pildegovichs. When he saw the route for the SOS Walk, he said it reminded him of ten years ago when citizens of the three countries stood side-by-side and hand-in-hand for 600 km, singing, to tell the Russians that they wanted their freedom. He told us that people in the Baltics would be sympathetic to those who are being persecuted in China. And he was right. People opened their hearts and minds to us. Mr. Pildegovichs also affirmed that his President is firmly committed to championing the cause of human rights around the world and that she had just returned from the conference in South Africa.
My Swedish and Finnish friends stayed in Riga for one more day, while I went on to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, to be joined the next day by my friends from Riga. We had not had time to organize any government meetings before leaving Canada, but fate would have it that my companion on the bus, Kestas, was the son of a member of parliament in Lithuania. He was very willing to help me and immediately called his father, who said he would be happy to meet with me on Monday! He expressed interest in the health benefits of Falun Dafa and promised to pass on the information to his colleagues in health, sports, and Chinese medicine. Kestas offered to translate for any other meetings I wanted to have and we were able to arrange to talk with the Mayor's Advisor, who offered to facilitate meetings with any of the institutions in Vilnius.
Vilnius was in the midst of its "Capital Days" Festival while we were there, and the thousands of people walking through the Old City were very happy to take our flyers and read our information. I returned to Canada with many rich memories and the feeling that the seeds of Falun Dafa have truly been planted in the ancient Baltic countries.
Canadians are also joining the global SOS Rescue effort, and receiving encouragement from city officials along the different routes.
In a letter dated September 22, 2001, the Mayor of Prescott, Ontario, Robert Lawn wrote: "You are to be congratulated on this latest undertaking on behalf of all of those people in China who suffer persecution at the hands of the authorities because of their practice of Falun Gong.
The SOS "Global Walk" being held in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia is a worldwide demonstration of commitment to human rights for all people.
I commend you in your efforts as you journey from Toronto to Ottawa and I wish you well as you continue on to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Finally, I join with many of my fellow Canadians in urging Prime Minister Chrétien to encourage government officials in China to end the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
And now, some current news from China:
In early September, over fifty practitioners met secretly in Beijing to share their experiences in speaking out for Falun Dafa, and clarifying the truth to people. The meeting lasted two hours, during which time, they also read aloud the latest articles published by their Teacher, Li Hongzhi. Despite constant surveillance by security forces, everyone returned home safely.
According to sources from the Chinese judicial system, in early September, Luo Gan, head of the 610 Office, secretly issued a command to detain until dead, all those Falun Gong practitioners who refused to give up their beliefs in Truth Compassion and Forbearance and the practice of Falun Gong. The 610 Office refers to a special department established two years ago to coordinate the persecution of Falun Gong and practitioners. It has set up offices in every city across China.
Increased roundup of Falun Gong Practitioners
According to credible sources in Beijing, the
head of the Chinese Communist Party Jiang Zemin has ordered the Ministry of
State Security and the Ministry of Public Security to conduct a nationwide
roundup of Falun Gong practitioners. This new, large-scale operation against
Falun Gong is already underway in the name of "maintaining social stability"
for the PRC's National Day on October 1.
Those arrested have been immediately thrown into jail, labor camps, or mental institutions, regardless of whether they are local residents or just visitors.
Sources say that Beijing has become much bolder about making arrests on such a large scale because it believes that Western countries and international media are currently too preoccupied with the terrorist attacks in the U.S. to notice this human rights abuse.
People with a conscience all know that good will be rewarded with good and evil with evil, sooner or later. As the violence against Falun Gong practitioners escalates, so does the number of sudden deaths and personal misfortunes of those who have persecuted them:
Peng Kaifa, a vice secretary of the Communist Party Committee in Qiyang County, Hunan Province, passed out at a meeting while he was slandering Falun Dafa in front of colleagues, vice party secretaries from different towns and villages. Emergency hospital treatment failed and he remains in a coma to this day.
In Huanghua city of the Cangzhou area, Hebei province, a Falun Dafa banner was flying above a construction site. The policemen there wanted to take it down but were afraid of receiving retribution, so they asked two construction workers to do it. The two workers hesitated for a while, but in the end they took it down. Not long after that, one worker fell and broke his leg, and the other died in a car accident.
Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province
Shi Jinshui, an associate section chief of Qingyuan city police department, was the director of a case group that specializes in persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners. At the beginning of August, he went to report to the city council, had a sudden heart attack and died on the spot. His wife also became paralyzed.
Shi Guiping, a Women's Association officer from Fengcheng county, Liaoning province, not only viciously slandered Dafa on TV during Chinese New Year, but also gave lectures at the brainwashing classes in Fengcheng county. Shortly before the second brainwashing class concluded, she suddenly died in an automobile collision.
Very often, when photographs taken of Falun Dafa group practices are developed, they contain beautiful multicoloured lights and patterns such as these from Fukuoka, Japan. The colourful circles often look exactly like the Falun Dafa emblem.
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