Sydney: Supporters Hold up Display Boards and Join Practitioners’ Efforts Against the Persecution (Photos)

July 20, 2008 marks the ninth year that Falun Gong practitioners have worked
against the persecution. Practitioners have remained uncompromising and persevering
in clarifying the truth and calling for an end to the persecution. Many people
have shown support for Falun Gong, some by joining the practitioners in holding
up display boards.

Australian Duncan Sutherland: Falun Gong practitioners deserve
my support

Damien Burke: Please help stop the CCP's persecution of Falun

Ahmed (left) and three of his friends wanted to help stop the

Ritche Tarpio said that he will help more people learn about
the persecution

Damien Burke, 20, is from Sydney. He is studying while working part time for
a local government department in psychological consultation services. He once
used Falun Gong as a topic in a paper that he wrote. On July 20, at the entrance
to Central Railway Station in downtown Sydney, he was holding a sign for Falun
Gong practitioners. He called on young people attending “World Youth
Day” to help stop the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong.

He told the reporter, “I found out about the persecution of Falun Gong
from the Epoch Times newspaper about two years ago. I think they [Falun
Gong] should be entitled to the same dignity as every other human being and the
human rights that everyone else deserves. I know that Catholics are also
persecuted in China because Communism doesn't accept any form of religion. I'm
here for World Youth Day and have been a Catholic all my life. I hope to help
people understand that Falun Gong practitioners are here to call on the Chinese
Communist Party to stop the persecution, but not to ask people in other
religions to come to join in practicing Falun Gong.”

An Australian man named Duncan Sutherland held up a display board at the
candlelight vigil held outside the Sydney City Hall. He stood among Falun Gong
practitioners, and then walked out to talk to passersby about the persecution.
He said, “I believe in the universal truths of
Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I believe that human rights are the
entitlement of all people in the world and I believe the people here supporting
this cause are people with good hearts and they deserve my support, so I have
come here to assist in any way I can.”

He also said, “I know a little bit of the history because I have had a
chance to read on the Internet and also for two years I have been to the Chinese
New Year Spectacular shows and read a lot of material. I have read the
Matas-Kilgour report (“An Investigative report on Organ Harvesting of Falun
Gong Practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party”) and a lot of media
reporting on this in Australia last year when they came here. I took a bit of an
interest in what this story was about, and it is a very, very frightening and
very, very terrible story. I think too many governments in the world are wanting
to play down this problem because of worries about political pressure or
economic pressure from China. So I think the Australian government,
particularly, should be forthright in taking these issues to the Chinese

He continued, “But spiritual freedom is the entitlement of everybody,
everyone in the world should be entitled to spiritual freedom. And we shouldn't
be persecuted for spiritual freedom. Persecution of people on spiritual or
religious grounds is not a new thing, but the extent to which the Chinese have
taken it is a new low I think, particularly in relation to organ harvesting,
because organ harvesting is a true evil. It is worse than what Adolph Hitler was
doing in the Second World War. I think it is everybody's responsibility to speak
out and to stand up about this, as it is a blight on humanity that some human
beings can do this to other human beings in the 21st century. So I hope that
pressure can be brought to bear on the Chinese government to stop it. It is a
shame to China that this sort of thing could happen.”

Ritche Tarpio, a young man from Qatar, was in Sydney to celebrate World Youth
Day. When he learned about the persecution of Falun Gong, he said, “I
really don't like killing, I don't like persecution. We Catholics are pro-life
and whatever belief other people have, that is their right, and anyone who is
against life is against God. So I would like to get more copies of this pamphlet
and I will tell people that there is a disaster happening in China. I believe
this has to be stopped.”

Ahmed and three friends from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates saw the
candlelight vigil. He stopped and held up a display board. He asked how they can
join in efforts to call for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong and what
they can do to help.

Ahmed said, “We came to Sydney for a holiday and passed by and saw what
was happening. I have volunteered to collect signatures in my country. We need
to stop all this. When I saw the families sitting here with the pictures of
their relatives, I felt really sad and I hope all this will stop soon.”

Posting date: 27/July/2008
Original article date: 27/July/2008
Category: Australian News


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