Today, a press conference was held in Madrid. A bereaved wife of a Falun Gong practitioner, who was persecuted to death by Chinese Government in June 2001, also attended this press conference in Madrid. She is currently on a trip around Europe in an attempt to expose the unjust persecution of Falun Gong in China, and appeal to bring the former Chinese president, Jiang Zemin, to justice on charges of genocide and brutal torture.
Dai Zhizhen is an Australian citizen, who has travelled to 34 countries worldwide, together with her 3-year-old daughter, to expose the truth behind the Jiang regimes persecution of Falun Gong. Her husband was persecuted to death because of this persecution. Her husband's elder sister is currently being imprisoned in a forced labour camp. Since the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999, there have been 772 people tortured to death.
772 however is only the number of deaths that can be verified death with. However, the Chinese government has long regarded this kind of information as a national secret, and no-one is allowed to investigate it independently. It is impossible for the outside world to know the true death toll. Falun Gong practitioners believe that the real number of practitioners persecuted to death may as high as 2000, or possibly even more.
Zhizhen has also attended the UN human right conference in Geneva last year. At the conference she urged mothers around the world to help stop this persecution that has broken tens of millions of families, she also added; I hope my husbands death can save more lives.
This persecution is the largest massacre by the Chinese Communist Partys in its history. In terms of its scope and the number of victims, this persecution has overshadowed the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and also any other political movement in Chinas history. But the Chinese government continues to cover up the truth, so many people do not understand the truth," a Falun Gong practitioner added.
Falun Gong Associations in many countries around the world, including the US, Belgium, Switzerland and France, have formally lodged a lawsuit against Chinas ex-President Jiang Zemin on charges of genocide and brutal torture. Moreover, many non-governmental human right organizations, such as the Amnesty International and Human Right Watch, etc., have expressed their support for the lawsuit.
Persecution began in 1999
Falun Gong is an ancient Chinese practise of cultivation and meditation based on the universal principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance." People usually practise outside in parks. Since this practise was first introduced to the public in 1992, it has been widely accepted by the general public. At first, Falun Gong was supported and praised by the Chinese government, on the grounds that it contributed to peoples health.
The number of Falun Gong practitioners quickly amounted to between 80 million and 100 million (accounting for about 8% of the Chinese population). The fact that it outnumbered the members of the Chinese Communist Party made Jiang Zemin extremely nervous. Therefore he outlawed Falun Gong in 1999, and launched a brutal oppression in an attempt to entirely eradicate Falun Gong. A practitioner said: This suppression resulted from Jiang Zemin's jealousy, because Falun Gong was very popular among the public, but Jiang was unable to control it directly.
At that time, Jiang established the "610 Office." The sole purpose of having this organisation was to carry out an order of defaming their reputation, bankrupting them financially, and destroying them physically." Those responsible for the 610 Office" are formally charged with cruel torture and the death of more than 1,600 Falun Gong practitioners. Among the dead, many have been persecuted to death after being forcibly sent to mental hospitals.
"The Chinese government has consistently released fabricated news," a Spanish practitioner pointed out. He took the Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident" as an example. The Chinese media has reported that some Falun Gong practitioners died from self-immolation in Tiananmen Square. However, the analysis of the video afterwards confirmed that the Chinese police fabricated the incident.
Since then Falun Gong practitioners have also accused Jiangs regime of extending the suppression overseas. Chinese embassies around the world, including the one in Spain have refused to renew Falun Gong practitioners passports even though they have legitimate residency status and working permits. As to the western Falun Gong practitioners, they have been denied entry to Chinese territory. Moreover, many Chinese newspapers in foreign countries have been acquired and controlled by the Chinese embassies. They dare not carry the true news about Falun Gong. They simply carry fabricated and slanderous news given by Chinese government.
Translated form Chinese at http://www.yuanming.net/articles/200309/23931.htm
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