(Minghui.org) Practitioners in the Dominican Republic held activities in the capital, Santo Domingo, on July 20, 2023, marking the 24th anniversary of their peaceful resistance to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. Many people stopped to talk with them and express their support.
The Falun Dafa Association of the Dominican Republic issued a statement condemning the CCP’s persecution of Falun Dafa, and appended an investigation report on the CCP’s organ harvesting from living Falun Dafa practitioners.
Many people condemned the persecution. One woman said, “It’s unacceptable that they [Falun Dafa practitioners] are killed for doing their exercises and being good people!” She said she was interested in learning Falun Dafa.
A college student exclaimed, “Twenty-four years is too long! Governments all over the world must unite and stop this crime against humanity! We can’t let it continue!”
A tourist couple told practitioners, “We have seen practitioners’ activities in our country and other places we’ve visited. We admire your courage and feel bad that this persecution has not stopped!” The couple said they hope the persecution ends soon.
Local police on duty also learned about the persecution and said they admired practitioners’ persistent efforts to expose it.
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 24 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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