(Minghui.org) The annual Pacific Pines Springfest was held in the city of Gold Coast in Queensland on November 14, 2021. Local Falun Gong practitioners participated in this popular event, and the host invited them to introduce the practice and demonstrate the peaceful exercises on stage.
Mark Boothman, a state member of parliament, praised Falun Gong. He said that the practice plays an important role in the community and that its principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance were the universal values of mankind and principles that everyone should follow.
The event drew many who enjoyed the food vendors, dances, and martial arts performances as well as the recreational facilities. Falun Gong practitioners received a warm welcome from the public.
Many people stopped to talk with practitioners and learned about the ongoing persecution of the practitioners in China, and the atrocity of the systematic organ harvesting from living practitioners incarcerated for their faith. They signed a petition calling for the persecution to end. Some told practitioners that they would tell more people about the persecution and help raise awareness of this brutality.
State Member of Parliament: CCP Should Not Persecute Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance
Mark Boothman, Liberal National Party Queensland State Member of Parliament for Theodore, said that the Chinese regime should not persecute Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance. He said, “It is important that people treat each other with kindness, as we all live on a small planet. We should try to get along with mutual respect. In Australia, people believe in human rights and everyone should be treated with dignity. Everyone is allowed to have his personal views and shouldn’t be persecuted because of his faith and what he believes.” He told practitioners that Australia has always supported people’s civil rights.
Mr. Boothman said that Australia is a free country and people have the right to live their lives and speak their minds as long as they don’t hurt others. He stated, “If everyone could follow the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance, there would be no need for crime stoppers. If everyone does the right thing, people won’t need the police.
He said that he had already signed the petition demanding that it end.
Environment Minister and State Member of Parliament: Falun Gong is Important to the Community
Meaghan Scanlon, Queensland Environment Minister and Labor Party Queensland State Member of Parliament for Gaven, came to the practitioners’ table to talk with them. She was glad to see so many different community groups gathered again after a difficult year of Covid 19, and that the practitioners remained persistent in telling people about the persecution in China.
She said, “Falun Gong is important to the community. In this challenging year, the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance are the universal values people should follow.”
Ms. Scanlon told practitioners that the state of Queensland worked hard to communicate with its citizens and ensure that their health and local economy are protected. She then told the practitioners that she will continue to support their efforts to end the persecution.
We Need to Boycott the CCP
Two women hugged the practitioner who was collecting signatures, and said, “Thank you, well done.” Bev said, “People need to see the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for what it is and understand how evil it is. It divides people and creates conflicts between them. We must come out and boycott it,” she said.
Heidi also expressed her views on the CCP, and said, “The CCP is a dictatorship and controls every aspect of people’s lives. People may think that they are free under its reign, but the CCP has a tight grip over them as it runs an evil system.”
A man in his 70s said that he knew that the CCP was dangerous a long time ago, “But now its life has come to an end and it will be finished soon,” he added.
Background: What is Falun Gong?
Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide.
Millions of people have embraced the teachings—which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance as well as five gentle exercises—and experienced uplifted health and well-being.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, issued an order to ban the practice.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 22 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.
Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organisation with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.
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