On June 27th, 2009, a rally began with the performance of the Divine Land Marching Band at the City Square in central Melbourne, Australia. The rally was held to "Support the 56 Million Chinese People Who Have Quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Its Affiliated Organizations." The Melbourne Service Center for Quitting the CCP hosted the event, attracting numerous tourists and citizens to stop and watch.
|Former Australian Olympic Swimmer Ms. Becker addresses the rally|
The quit-the-CCP rally attracted many people. Those who learned about the situation in China signed the petition supporting three withdrawals, and calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong.
Hodan, a sixteen-year-old student said, "I've heard of Falun Gong. The CCP harvests organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. This is really horrible!"
Abdul, who came from Lebanon and has been living in Australia for 22 years, praised the 56 million Chinese people who have quit the CCP organisations. He said, "The Communist Party is evil, I know. People in the former Soviet Union have abandoned the Communist Party. The Chinese people should also abandon it."
Ms. Chen from China said, "The CCP has implanted seeds of hatred, and it's time for Chinese people to break free."
Two Chinese overseas students from Sichuan Province learned the facts and were shocked. They quit the Youth League and Young Pioneers on the spot.
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