(Minghui.org) On New Year’s eve 2022, Falun Dafa practitioners held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Embassy in Bratislava to commemorate fellow practitioners who died during the persecution.
They displayed banners to raise public awareness of the 23-year-long persecution targeting practitioners in China. They wanted to make this crime against humanity known so that people can understand the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
As evening quietly descended around the city, the practitioners lit candles to commemorate fellow practitioners who have died and those are still being persecuted in China. Their banners read: “Falun Dafa Is Good,” “The History of the CCP Is a History of Killing,” “In Memory of Tens of Thousands of Falun Dafa Practitioners Killed in the Persecution,” “Heaven Eliminates the CCP and Blesses China, Quit the CCP and Its Organisations to Stay Safe,” “Sign Our Petition (to oppose the persecution of Falun Dafa).”
When passersby saw practitioners’ peaceful protest, many came over to read the banners. One commented, “We have good people here.” A tourist asked for a Falun Dafa flier.
Background: What Is Falun Dafa and Why Is the CCP Persecuting It?
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) 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 who have embraced the teachings, which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and have learned the five exercises have experienced improved 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, he issued an order to eradicate the practice.
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.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 23 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. Countless practitioners 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 China’s organ transplant industry.
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