On July 29, 2004, Ms. Dai Zhizhen held media interviews in front of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. She described how her husband was persecuted to death in China for practicing Falun Gong. The following report is the interview of Dai Zhizhen with Zhengjian / PureInsight reporter Li Qingyun.
Month: August 2004
Due to our efforts in letting the public know about Falun Gong and the genocide that is taking place against practitioners in China, and thanks to the peaceful nature of Falun Gong cultivation practice, people who practice Falun Gong were the only group who received permission to hold events in Athens.
Lane Cove, a beautiful city north of Sydney Australia, proclaimed “Falun Dafa Day” on August 21, 2004. Falun Gong practitioners from Sydney performed traditional Chinese dances and demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises.
Falun Dafa practitioners from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas participated in the 26th annual Yandina Street Festival, the longest running fair on the Sunshine Coast.
A story touched me so – they say
some cultivators of the Way,
were told they’d consummate that day
if on a mountain’s peak.
In 1992 media footage showing starving men behind barbwire fences led to global outrage and reaction to ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia. It is long overdue for the media to show the world pictures of what is happening to Falun Gong practitioners in China today.
Recently the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the Central Commission for Comprehensive Control of Law and Order and some other departments jointly issued a policy document that stipulates the strict investigation of the installation of satellite dishes.
The suppression of Falun Gong that began in China in July 1999 may well be the darkest and the largest scale persecution in human history. Facing this persecution, a group of volunteers in North America concerned about human rights formed an organization called the “World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong” (WOIPFG) in 2003.
One day a friend asked me, “Why do you hate Falun Gong?” I said, “Nonsense! I don’t have any enmity towards Falun Gong, why should I hate Falun Gong?” However, I felt something strike at my heart. Do I hate Falun Gong? Nobody practices Falun Gong in public at my workplace, so Falun Gong is seldom mentioned. I haven’t criticized Falun Gong in public, either. Yet my friend pointed to me and said, “Judging from your behavior, your words and even your expression, one can tell that you hate Falun Gong.”
I wondered, how could an embassy official do such a low-level thing like this. What if they hit the cars driving past? I felt very ashamed as a Chinese that the staff of a government agency would behave like this.