Falun Gong practitioners and Tuidang Center volunteers collected signatures at Nagoya, Japan, to support the wave of lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, former head of the CCP responsible for launching the persecution in 1999.

A local resident, Mr. Yamaguchi asked a practitioner, “Why doesn’t China have democracy and freedom? If every Chinese could do what you are doing, the persecution wouldn’t be able to continue.” Seeing a picture in which a person was laughing as a Falun Gong practitioner was being beaten, Mr. Yamaguchi said, “Look! This person is being beaten by the police, and his face is under the policeman’s foot, but someone on the side is laughing. It’s so sad!” He encouraged practitioners to keep up their good work.

Ms. Matsuda was deeply saddened to hear about the persecution. She signed the petition and took some flyers to share with her colleagues.

A tourist from China was surprised to see Falun Gong activities in Japan. A practitioner told her that Falun Gong has been welcomed across the world, but the CCP has slandered Falun Gong to justify its persecution. The practitioner explained that the CCP’s atrocities, especially the crime of harvesting organs from living practitioners, have been exposed internationally.

The Chinese woman asked many questions and was happy to have her confusion clarified. She said, “There is no freedom of speech in China. Even a minor negative comment on a website would be deleted right away. You would be arrested for any serious comments. Democracy and freedom can be found in other countries though!” She agreed to quit the Young Pioneers, a communist party organization she had joined when she was young.

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