July 20th marked the 10th anniversary of the day when Jiang Zemin's Chinese Communist government decided to wipe out the then 7 year-old Falun Gong religious/spiritual movement, founded by Li Hongzhi in 1992.
Jiang and his army, secret police and government elements had set a timetable of three months to destroy the pacifist Falun Gong by ruining their reputations, bankrupting the movement and destroying them physically by throwing hundreds of thousands of them into prison. Subsequently thousands have been killed and others have had their organs harvested for sale
Instead Falun Gong have managed to spread the word all over the world with their publication "The Epoch Times" and their television network "New Tang Dynasty Television”.
The Chinese Communist Party has found it hard to defame Falun Gong. They are very peaceful, believing in and practicing "truthfulness, compassion and tolerance". The organization has no paid members.
To mark the event there have been candlelight vigils and rallies held in Washington D.C., Australia, Japan, Israel, Taiwan, and England.
Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada said "the ten-year anniversary is a very somber and troubling one that marks a decade of severe systematic human rights violations against Falun Gong practitioners throughout China."
As of July 22, 2009 Falun Gong count 57,701,143 Chinese who have quit the Chinese Communist Party. Of that number 10% are from the main leading communist party whereas the rest are from other elements of the party.
Falun Gong hope that one day their motto of "truthfulness, compassion and tolerance" will guide the direction of China.
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