On December 10th, 2006, International Human Rights Day, Ukrainian practitioners held activities to expose the Chinese Communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong. Over the past seven years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has not only persecuted its own citizens – 100 million Falun Gong practitioners – with brutal and inhumane torture, but has also given orders through its Embassies to defame Falun Gong and win over other countries with financial interests so that these countries would keep silent over the issue of Falun Gong.
In order to help more people know the truth about the persecution, Ukrainian Falun Gong practitioners held activities in central Duonietsk on Human Rights Day. They talked with the local people about Falun Gong and the CCP human rights abuses, and also collected petition signatures for two Chinese practitioners in Ukraine who were seeking asylum and were at risk of being sent back to China to face imprisonment, torture and even death.
|On International Human Rights Day, practitioners in Duonietsk raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong|
This event attracted many journalists. Before the event, practitioners sent press releases to the Ukraine media. Some journalists turned up before the practitioners arrived.
After practitioners arrived, they set up the posters and banners quickly. Photographers were anxious to photograph the posters. The posters showed the difference between the way Falun Gong is treated in China and outside of China. In China, Falun Gong practitioners are persecuted and their organs are harvested while they are still alive to sell on the transplant market. Outside China, practitioners from different countries all over the world are enjoying the benefits of practicing Falun Gong. A sharp contrast was formed between the scene of many people doing exercises together in other countries and the persecution in China. Journalists from different media organizations interviewed the practitioners.
A journalist from newspaper Donbass was interested in this event, and she interviewed several practitioners. In her interview, she told practitioners that the Chinese Ambassador came to the city yesterday and a journalist asked him for his view on the practitioners’ upcoming activities. The Ambassador said that the practitioners are paid fifty US dollars each day for taking part in the event and the journalist wanted to know if this was true.
Hearing this, the practitioners told the journalist that the principles of Falun Gong are Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance, and that Falun Gong teaches people how to be good. Practitioners are volunteers. They have received many physical and spiritual benefits from practicing Falun Gong and they want to bring the persecution to an end from the bottom of their hearts. There is no making money from Falun Gong activities, and the practitioners will not even accept donations. Instead, they pay for everything with their own incomes. The Communist regime always lies to people, just as it has done throughout its history. After hearing this, the journalist thanked the practitioners and said that she would write a report of what she saw and heard on that day.
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