Aug. 16, 2021 | By a Minghui correspondent
Yang Chong, a human rights activist with the Southern China Street Movement, said in a recent interview with a Minghui correspondent that Falun Gong practitioners have suffered the most severe form of persecution in history over the past 22 years.
He believes that the conviction of their faith in Falun Gong’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance has enabled practitioners to persist in exposing the atrocities in the most difficult of circumstances. He said practitioners’ continued efforts have helped the masses, including himself, learn the truth of the persecution and make the right choice.
Severe and Long-Term Persecution
During the interview, Yang Chong said that the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong is the longest and most severe in modern Chinese history. Compared to past political campaigns such as the anti-rightist movement and the three-anti/five-anti campaigns, the duration is longer and the methods are more evil, he said. The suppression continues to this day.
Yang Chong first heard of Falun Gong in 1999 during the overwhelming criticism of the practice by the CCP’s propaganda machine. He doubted the reports, but he didn’t learn about the facts of the persecution until 2005, when he broke through the Great Firewall using software developed by Falun Gong practitioners.
“There was lots of information about Falun Gong on the internet. I read all of it including interviews and especially the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. I was very interested to learn more because I knew the CCP was wrong in the past. However, I did not have a systematic and clear concept. After reading the Nine Commentaries, I gained a distinct understanding of the evil nature of the regime. Since then, I felt as if my whole being was completely awakened.”
Yang subsequently quit the Party and its affiliated organisations online.
The Power of Faith
Yang Chong said that he admires Falun Gong practitioners’ peaceful resistance to the persecution. He said, “Falun Gong practitioners have persisted for many years. Compared to other groups such as democracy advocates, Falun Gong has a huge influence. This is the power of faith.”
“Falun Gong practitioners have worked very hard for so many years. They went through extremely harsh mistreatment by the CCP in many different forms. They kept telling people about the persecution, started their own media outlets and let the world know how evil the CCP is, especially through publishing the Nine Commentaries.”
“This book has had a great impact on me. It helped me recognise the regime’s evil nature. Therefore, I highly recommend reading this book. I hope everyone can read it. I often tell people on the internet to read it.”
The CCP is a Threat to the World
Yang Chong said the CCP threatens the whole world. Before the pandemic, most every nation adopted a conciliatory policy towards the regime because they did business with it. This resulted in the CCP exerting its influence overseas, especially in developed Western countries.
After the pandemic, the world order has changed tremendously. Everyone is declaring war on the CCP, and its infiltration attempts will become increasingly difficult. A few days ago, the U.S. rejected visa applications of several hundred students from China. He saw this as a signal of the U.S. government’s changing attitude toward the CCP. The Canadian government and grassroots organisations are also becoming more wary of the CCP and no longer hold the same attitude as before.
“I think it will not be long before the CCP collapses,” he said.
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