RAIR Foundation USA interviewed Canadian Falun Gong representative Grace Wollensak during a protest against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) last month at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a peaceful spiritual movement which practices meditation, exercises and regulated breathing. They are abhorred and brutally victimized by the CCP, even in Canada as the Chinese government’s influence grows in the country. One of the common smears against the peaceful movement is that they are a “cult,” an insult parroted by CCP-friendly leftists in the West.
In China, Falun Gong members are often victims of organ harvesting. On July 20, 1999, “then-CCP leader Jiang Zemin, who launched a massive nationwide campaign to eradicate” Falun Gong as it grew in prominence, becoming a threat to the communist government as reported at the Epoch Times, a prominent and growing newspaper founded by Chinese-Americans who fled communism.
In 2001, Ian Johnson of the Wall Street Journal won a Pulitzer Prize for uncovering the persecution of Falun Gong in a series of articles.
Yet, the persecution continues, sick evidence of the influence of the Chinese Communist Party.
A report from Amnesty International from earlier this year explains how Falun Gong practitioners are targeted in Canada:
“There have been a number of incidents in Ottawa, Calgary, and Winnipeg involving threats, bullying, and harassment of Falun Gong practitioners, as well as false correspondence, a hallmark of the Chinese government, sent out in the alleged-name of Falun Gong in efforts to discredit them. The Falun Gong group in Ottawa has observed that these are not isolated cases, but rather part of a longstanding pattern of persecution by Chinese state authorities.”
In July, members of Falun Gong were engaged in a peaceful protest against the ongoing persecution at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa. Ms. Wollensak explained that the Falun Gong movement’s core beliefs are “truthfulness, compassion and tolerance,” which is the “opposite” of the CCP’s ideology of “violence [and] deceptions…the killings”. The CCP is able to keep their power through control, Ms. Wollensak explained. “They control people – what they do, what they think,” she continued.
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