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Falun Gong practitioners from the greater New York area gathered in Manhattan this week to commemorate their fellow practitioners who died in the 19 years of persecution of the practice in China, started on July 20, 1999. Practitioners held a rally and candlelight vigil on July 16, 2018, at the Chinese Embassy to mourn those who lost their lives and to call for an immediate end to the atrocities still taking place in China.
Carrying banners calling for an immediate end to the persecution, practitioners also demanded the trial of Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese leader who started the brutal 19-year persecution.

Tuidang, the trend of Quitting the CCP Paves Road to a New China

Ms. Yi Rong from theTuidang movement, the Global Service Center for Quitting the CCP,  said that even in the face of relentless persecution, “The Falun Gong practitioners upheld their belief and tirelessly helped people to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. So far, over 309 million Chinese people have quit. At the same time, Falun Gong has grown and is practiced on all continents by people of different races and nations.” Ms. Yi added that besides the importance of individuals breaking free from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), so many people quitting the party “will provide a peaceful transition to a new China without the CCP.”

More People Quit the CCP

Seventeen Chinese people, after listening to the speeches at the rally and understanding the evilness of the persecution, chose to immediately quit the CCP and its affiliations. Several of them said that they fully supported the efforts to peacefully dissolve the CCP.

Being Steadfast Amidst the Tortures

Mr. Liu Xitong, a calligrapher from Qingdao who has been detained over 30 times and suffered over 100 types of tortures, spoke of his experience of nearly dying in detention. Prison guards brushed hot pepper juice on his genitals, pricked his nails with needles, burnt him with cigarettes and lighters, wiped his eyes with menthol oil, tied him down then hung him up in excruciating positions causing damage to his ligaments. His horrifying experiences moved everyone at the rally.

Justice Shall Conquer Evil

Dr. Li Tianxiao, a senior Political Analyst with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, talked about the spiritual importance of helping people quit the CCP. “It is to wake up the people,” he said. “The darkest day will be over and the moment of light will come. Justice will conquer evil and light will replace darkness.”

Only Truth and Justice Will Bring Light and Hope

Freelance writer Mr. Zhang Lin witnessed how steadfast and brave the practitioners were in upholding their belief when he was incarcerated with them in a forced labor camp in Guangzhou for his involvement in the pro-democracy movement. He has been a supporter of Falun Gong ever since.

Mr. Zhang said, “Falun Gong practitioners deliver an important message to the world. At any time, a man must uphold truth and justice and not bow to tyranny. Only then will there be light and hope for mankind.”

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