WASHINGTON, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On April 25, 1999, ten thousand Falun Gong practitioners traveled to the Chinese Central Appeals Office in Beijing to peacefully appeal to the government to stop persecuting Falun Gong after a slew of wrongful arrests and negative media reports in the city of Tianjini. Even though the practitioners in Beijing were completely peaceful, their quiet demonstration angered then-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) head Jiang Zemin. Two months later, on July 20, 1999, Jiang launched a nationwide persecution against Falun Gong. Looking back at the past 18 years of brutal persecution and Falun Gong's journey of nonviolent resistance, the April 25 event can be viewed as a historic mark to the beginning of a battle between righteous belief and evil dictatorship.
TIME: 12 noon to 2 p.m, April 19, 2017
LOCATION: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2255, Washington, D.C.
During these 18 years of persecution, the CCP has abused the Chinese legal system to throw innocent Falun Gong practitioners into prisons, labor camps, black jails, detention centers, brainwashing centers, and mental hospitals. The most astonishing is state-sanctioned, forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, with the involvement of the military, hospitals, and courts in China.ii Additionally, Freedom House's 2017 Human Rights Report has a chapter about the persecution of Falun Gongiii.
Members of Congress and human rights activists, along with Falun Gong persecution victims, some recently were rescued to the U.S., will share their sad stories and important messages to call for an end to the persecution in China on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12 noon.
i Behind the April 25 Incident - http://faluninfo.net/article/518/Behind-the-April-25-Incident/
ii European Parliament resolution on organ harvesting in China
iii The Battle for China's Spirit, V - Falun Gong, https://freedomhouse.org/report/china-religious-freedom/falun-gong
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SOURCE Washington DC Falun Dafa Association