United Kingdom: St Paul’s Church Rings in the Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance Art Exhibition

The Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance International Fine Art Exhibition was held St Paul’s Church in Cambridge on November 8th.

“Please look at each picture and try to think of what lay behind the artist’s intention on creating the image,” said Arezoo Miraftabi, the organiser of the exhibition, at the opening ceremony.

“Experiencing the brutal persecution of the corrupt CCP [Chinese Communist Party] these Falun Gong practitioners radiate their magnificent forbearance in the face of extreme adversity; displaying a spiritual strength which is a ray of hope for mankind’s future.”

Ms Miraftabi went on to explain how the illegal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China made children the most vulnerable victims by orphaning many of them when the CCP illegally arrests, detains and tortures the parents to death.

She explained, “The CCP divides people and destroys culture, morals, families and faiths. The CCP is intolerant of any group of people who do not worship it above all else. Falun Gong practitioners have done nothing wrong, nothing illegal and pose no threat to any political power. Their only crime is believing in Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.

Some of the paintings from the exhibition

“The prison systems in China have been used to make a lot of money for the Chinese Communist Party. It is free slave labour and there are thousands of these labour camps in China. It is estimated that 66% of the people in these labour camps are Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. And more horrifically, a recent report by David Kilgour and David Matas reveals that tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in these labour camps are being tissue tested and used as involuntary organ donors for organ harvesting.

“The benevolence of Falun Gong is truly a contrast to the evil which is persecuting them. This contrast is reflected in many of the paintings here today. We hope these paintings inspire peace, justice and a democracy that will be tolerant of people’s faiths.”

Ms Miraftabi thanked John Quysner, the Manager at St Paul’s, for his kindness and support with this exhibition. Mrs Fengling Zhou, a Falun Gong practitioner from China also spoke about her experience.

“Before I started practising Falun Gong, I was in terrible health and very ill all the time. I also had a very bad temper. After I started practising Falun Gong, all of my illnesses vanished and I had a very harmonious environment at home and work.

“When the persecution began in 1999, I was arrested and detained in a re-education camp. Many fellow Falun Gong practitioners were also detained and some were tortured to death. When I was released, I had to live as a homeless person, fleeing from the threat of being arrested again.

“I could not see my family, for fear of incriminating them. I could not see my friends, I could not have a normal family life. Even now that I have escaped China, I cannot return to see my family, my husband or daughter. Even when my father died, I could not go home.

“As long as the persecution continues, I cannot have a normal life and many millions of people cannot live a normal life in China. So I hope the persecution ends and all Falun Gong prisoners of conscience get released and the world returns to peace.”

The exhibit of 22 paintings will be at St Paul’s from November 8-22.

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