Austria: Vienna Rally Calls for an End to CCP's Human Rights Abuses

Fifteen years ago on July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a genocidal campaign against some 70 to 100 million Falun Gong practitioners in China—a campaign that continues unabated today.

To mark the practitioners' peaceful resistance against the persecution, Falun Gong practitioners all over Europe held a series of activities around July 20th.

During the events, the practitioners informed people of the goodness of Falun Gong while raising awareness of the brutal persecution of Falun Gong, especially the CCP's systematic and state sanctioned forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. They called for help to end this crime against humanity.

Practitioners held a march on July 19, 2014 in Vienna, the capital of Austria to call for an end to the persecution by the CCP

Practitioners held a march on July 19, 2014 in Vienna, the capital of Austria to call for an end to the persecution by the CCP.

Ms. Katharina Grieb, president of (ISHR/IGFM) spoke at the rally on Stephansplatz in Vienna

Ms. Katharina Grieb, president of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR/IGFM) gave a speech at the rally. She stated that millions of Falun Gong practitioners who believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance have been brutally persecuted by the CCP. The persecution has even gone so far as harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.

“Think about it,” Ms. Grieb said, “buying an organ in China means that a living person will be killed for his/her organ. The practitioners are like parts and components in a warehouse. We can't take such a persecution for granted.

“It is responsibility of each and every one of us to stand up to stop the brutal persecution,” she said. “The best weapon is a pen, each signature collected for the petition calling for an end to the persecution is like a peaceful gunshot.”

Practitioners held a march in the afternoon to further raise awareness about the atrocities in China.

Falun Gong procession marches through Graben Street in downtown Vienna Practitioners march through Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the Austrian President
The procession winds through major streets in Vienna
Practitioners dressed in white holding practitioners' portraits to honor those who have lost their lives to uphold their faith during the 15-year persecution in China Reenacting torture methods and forced organ harvesting from living practitioners in China

After the march, practitioners collected signatures on a petition calling for an end to the persecution

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