Media Reports

An Aussie Response to Persecution in China

On Saturday, whilst watching the demonstration put on by practitioners in Brisbane Square, Brisbane City, it was brought to my attention that the Communist Party China is persecuting the peaceful adherents of this passive, healing art form. I, of course, signed the proffered petition immediately and made the attempt to gather more insight as to why such peaceful people are suffering.

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The Chronicle: Followers Gather for Big Parade

Toowoomba resident Yan Zhao says she has become a much more relaxed and worry-free person ever since she took up the Chinese spiritual discipline Falun Dafa in 1996. But when you’ve been given the difficult task of gathering more than 100 Falun Dafa members from around Australia to march in the Carnival of Flowers Grand Central Floral Parade, a little inner peace never hurts.

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China’s Policies Toward Spiritual Movements

I estimate that Falun Gong comprises between 15 to 20% of the Laogai system. That’s about half a million to a million Falun Gong in detention on average, representing the largest Chinese Security action since the Maoist period.

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The Journey of Clarifying the Truth While Being Persecuted

On July 20, 1999, the then leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Jiang Zemin, banned the Falun Gong spiritual practice. At the beginning of the suppression, Jiang intended to eradicate Falun Gong in “three months.” Intelligence agents locked onto Falun Gong practitioners whom they thought to be “leaders,” and its propaganda machinery prepared potent fabrications to vilify Falun Gong and turn the public against it. In so many previous persecutions, these two steps alone were enough to break the backbone and spirit of any victim group.

After failing to eradicate Falun Gong in a quick way, CCP has largely remained quiet about Falun Gong in its state-run media over the last several years, making the impression that Falun Gong is no longer in existence in China. So, did Jiang and the CCP achieve their goal? Where are the practitioners in China? What do they do these days? With these questions in mind, Chinascope interviewed the editor of the Chinese website, minghui.org. Minghui, whose English counterpart is clearwisdom.net, is the primary website for Falun Gong practitioners to obtain Falun Gong related information, report their activities, and share their experiences with each other.

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The Falun Gong factor

I am not a Falun Gong practitioner. However, any difference in opinion over spiritual matters is, I feel, of little import when it comes to human rights.

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