Norway: Practitioners hold an Anti-Torture Exhibition and Receive Positive Media Coverage

On the 23rd and 24th of July 2004, practitioners from Norway, Sweden and Demark held a two-day exhibition of some of the torture methods that the Jiang Regime uses to force Falun Gong practitioners in China to give up their beliefs. The exhibition involved acting out these torture methods and took place at the Parliament buildings and the city centre.

Torture exhibition

Passers-by stop to find out more

Passers-by stop to find out more

Signing a petition to support Falun Gong

On the 23rd of July, practitioners held a press conference at the Parliament buildings. The NTB news agency in Norway published a report headlined ‘Falun Gong is Subjected to these Tortures in China’ and subtitled ‘Electric Shocks, Burning with Irons and Forced Drug Abuse are Tortures Employed by the Chinese Regime.” The article mentioned that this was the fifth anniversary of the Chinese Government’s persecution of Falun Gong and that Falun Gong is a practice of meditative exercises with approximately 100 million practitioners, who held commemorative activities in many places around the world including Norway.

Norwegian Falun Gong spokesman Peder Giertsen told the reporter that in China Falun Gong practitioners are subjected to over 100 kinds of tortures and Norwegian practitioners only showed a small portion of them. He estimated thousands of Falun Gong practitioners had been tortured to death in prisons and labour camps in China. Prison guards are creating new torture methods unceasingly as they are rewarded for doing that. In fact, these prison guards are also victims, who have been instilled with hatred by the Jiang group. The Norwegian Falun Gong spokesman pointed out, “Pressure from the international community can help China to stop the persecution. Falun Gong has won support from many MPs in the Norwegian parliament and people in Norway are also starting to accept Falun Gong.”

The article also mentioned that Amnesty International expressed concern about the worsening of the persecution against Falun Gong since 1999. Officers responsible for information at the Norwegian branch pointed out, “Falun Gong practitioners are put into prisons without trial, and sent to brainwashing classes and mental hospitals. Many of them have been subjected to torture and women have been sexually abused.”

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