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Sunday, July 20, 2008

In memory of

the many Falun Gong practitioners who have suffered or been killed at the hands of the Chinese communist party's persecution and the many that have disappeared or have been imprisoned innocently (the above picture was taken during a commemorative candle vigil on July 18 in Washington, D.C. A photo gallery of the event can be found here)

Today, exactly nine years ago, on July 20, 1999, China's former president Jiang Zemin started a brutal persecution campaign against the practice of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) with his policy of extinction: "Ruin their reputation, exhaust their financial resources and destroy them physically."

Today, nine years later, even though the people in power within the communist party have changed, the persecution has not ended and innocent people are still being killed.

Falun Gong teaches truthfulness, compassion and forbearance (in Chinese: zhēn, shàn, rěn). The combination of these words as well as the terms Falun Gong and Falun Dafa are forbidden in China and any website that uses these words is automatically blocked.

As such, I have found out that this blog is also not accessible for people on the mainland of China...

More information on this tragedy of persecution can be found at


J D said...

The whole world is increasingly being made aware of how insanely oppressive the Chinese government is as we get closer to the Olympics.

I predict the possibility for some really serious reforms with the coming of the Olympic Games. I only hope they will come without bloodshed.

Anonymous said...

agree anonymous.

even chinese government has many problem, like arrest the reporter ,setup internet firewall , but Falun Gong shouldn't counting on chinese government. Falun Gong itself has many problem, which make it not welcome from Hong Kong or even China people. so before you claim you are on the side of Falun Gong , you better know more about it.

GPS said...

@anonymous: since the start of the persecution against Falun Gong in 1999, the chinese communist party has launched numerous hate propaganda campaigns to set the general public against Falun Gong. What you are saying is a direct results of that. Because of the persecution, I am unable to go to China. I love Chinese people and Chinese culture and would love to visit China but while the persecution is still ongoing, it is simply too dangerous. But even though I have not been China, I have many Chinese friends here in the US who are from mainland China; my wife is also Chinese so I do know to quite some extent what goes on in people's minds when it comes to this topic.

@chris chan: I have been practicing Falun Gong for more than 6 years now and it has brought me a healthy body and a peaceful mind. It teaches people to be kind-hearted, compassionate and tolerant. Falun Gong is freely practiced all over the world, except for China and the only one to blame for that is the chinese communist party (which is by the way not the same as the Chinese people).

My post was aimed at commemorating all those who have suffered under the current persecution and raising awareness for all others who lack basic human rights.

Since this blog is not the place for a political discussion, I have blocked any further comments.