United Kingdom: Candlelight Vigil Opposite Chinese Embassy Marks 9 years of Persecution

On Saturday July 19th, UK Falun Dafa practitioners held a protest and candlelight vigil opposite the Chinese Embassy in London. The protest was to mark the nine years of persecution against Falun Gong and to commemorate the thousands of practitioners who have lost their lives at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the persecution against Falun Gong. Over the last nine years, 3,168 Falun Gong practitioners have lost their lives, many tortured to death; 75 of them were people in their eighties, and the youngest was only 8 months old. Thousands of practitioners are currently jailed and being tortured in forced labour camps, detention centres and prisons. The CCP even harvests organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit.

The protest began in the evening with a group meditation practice and continued as dusk turned into nightfall. Many passers by picked up leaflets to find out more about Falun Gong and the human rights abuses against practitioners. A lot of passers by already knew about it as UK practitioners have been protesting opposite the embassy 24 hours a day for over 6 years. This has had a powerful effect in highlighting the human rights abuses against Falun Gong in China. Many drivers honked their horns or shouted out messages of support as they passed by.

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