- Melanie Patrice
- Debbi Dresser
- Shelley White
- Janet Emig Wender
Sadly, the persecution of Falun Gong has continued since 1999. From abduction, imprisonment, rape, and torture to forced organ harvesting, the atrocities committed by the Chinese communist regime against Falun Gong have never stopped.
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Asian cultures have a long history of practicing exercises such as Tai chi and Qigong for health and spiritual achievement. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a type of traditional Chinese spiritual discipline that consists of meditation, four gentle standing exercises, and following the core values of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. It has no membership and is offered free of charge. It is now practiced in over 80 countries, with teachings translated into 40 languages.
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Falun Gong gained popularity quickly in the early 90s when it was first introduced to the public. By 1998, upwards of 70 million people were practicing it in China. This surpassed the membership of the Communist Party at the time, a fact that drew the ire of then-Party leader Jiang Zemin. Although Falun Gong has no political agenda, Jiang felt it posed an ideological threat to the Party’s control and wanted to make a show of power using an easy target. In 1999, he ordered a newly-formed security agency, the 610 Office, to eradicate Falun Gong. His instructions were: “Ruin their reputations, bankrupt them financially, destroy them physically.”
Since 1999, human rights groups have estimated tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been sent to detention, and many have been killed by forced organ harvesting or other cruel means.
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