United States: Spokesman for Falun Gong Interviewed at the Eighth Anniversary of Anti-Persecution Efforts in Washington, DC

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On July 19th, 2007, before the eighth anniversary of Falun Gong practitioners' anti-persecution efforts, Mr. Zhang Erping, a spokesman for Falun Gong, was interviewed by website youmaker.com and Sound of Hope Radio in Washington, DC.

The anti-persecution rally in Washington, DC

"Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" Wins Support from International Society

Mr. Zhang Erping said, "Falun Gong is not a political group and all of its members come to practise of their own free will. In the last eight years, people have seen that the way Falun Gong practitioners have taken to stop the persecution is peaceful and based on the principle of 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.' It is not political or violent. The persecution has brought huge disasters to practitioners and their families, but practitioners keep the anti-persecution activities peaceful. Many Chinese people had wrong understandings of Falun Gong before, but now, more and more people have learned the facts about it. More and more people in the world support Falun Gong practitioners' actions and spirit."

The Persecution Becomes Secret

Mr. Zhang said, "The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) used to control the entire state machinery and media to persecute Falun Gong publicly. Now the persecution has become more secret. People cannot read news about Falun Gong in the media very often. But the persecution is still going on, and many practitioners are still in horrible situations. Recently, two Canadian independent investigators verified the existence of the CCP's harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, which shows this persecution is the most brutal one in history."

Filing Lawsuits against Those Responsible

Mr. Zhang Erping stated that Falun Gong practitioners all over the world have filed lawsuits against those responsible for the persecution. He said that, although they cannot be brought to justice in China currently, international society will judge them.

The Persecution Will End Only if the CCP Is Dissolved

Mr. Zhang said, "The CCP has been using the power of the state and spending a lot of money to persecute Falun Gong, which violates both international laws and Chinese laws. The persecution is actually anti-China and anti-human. It shows the evil nature of the CCP.

"The CCP has extended the persecution to other countries and tried to control overseas Chinese people. The CCP works against peace in the world."

Mr. Zhang pointed out that the persecution will end only if the CCP is dissolved.

Falun Gong Practitioners' Peaceful Effort Is Unique

Mr. Zhang continued, "In history, there were peaceful democratic movements led by Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and so on. Falun Gong practitioners' peaceful anti-persecution effort is the largest in the world. Moreover, all the other movements had political agendas, but all Falun Gong practitioners ask for is the freedom of belief and a peaceful environment to do the exercises. These characteristics make Falun Gong's anti-persecution effort unique in the world." Facing the violence, Falun Gong practitioners obey the principle of 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.' They dissolve the lies with sincerity, wake up conscience with compassion, and eliminate evil and violence with forbearance."

He said, "The eight-year anti-persecution movement already proves that Falun Gong is beneficial to society."

Quitting the Party Is Quitting Politics

Mr. Zhang Erping said, "Quitting the party helps Chinese people to get out of politics and get out of the CCP's control. It is a right choice for every Chinese person." In China, joining the Party is getting political, so quitting the party is quitting politics. Many Falun Gong practitioners used to be members of the CCP. They don't want to be members of a political party that persecutes their fellow practitioners, so they quit. Quitting the party is not a political act."

He pointed out, "In the last several decades, the CCP has been responsible for huge disasters in China. More than 70 million Chinese people died since it came to power. So quitting the Party will bring good things to China."

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