Austria: Practitioners Peacefully Protest in Front of Chinese Embassy, Government Officials Support

On July 20, 2009, Falun Gong practitioners in Austria held a 24-hour rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Vienna. They protested and called for an end to the brutal persecution of Falun Gong. Austrian politicians showed support for Falun Gong as well.

Falun Gong practitioners in Austria call for an end to the persecution in front of the Chinese Embassy in Vienna

Mr. A Gui, Chairman of an Austrian human rights organisation "Association for Assisting the Persecuted Nations," addressed the rally, and condemned the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, in particular, the atrocity of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit. He called upon the Austrian government and other western governments not to be affected by trade negotiations, but to urge the CCP to stop the persecution. He said that his association will always support Falun Gong practitioners.

A Member of Austrian Parliament and Chairperson of the European Green Party, and another Austrian MP sent letters to support Falun Gong practitioners' activities. They stated that the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong violates international treaties and also violates China's Constitution. They said they would continue their effort to seek rights and interests for Falun Gong practitioners.

Background

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline for mind and body. The practice involves slow, gentle movements and meditation. It is easy to learn, enjoyable to practise, and free of charge. Its principles are based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The practice began in China in 1992 and quickly spread by word of mouth throughout China and then beyond. Its beneficial effects in uplifting an individual's physical health, spiritual well-being and moral character, not to mention its positive influence in the community and society as a whole, have been undeniable. In fact, Falun Gong is practised by over 100 million people in 110 countries. The main works of Falun Gong are available in over 30 languages.

On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a brutal persecution of Falun Gong. Since the start of the persecution, Falun Gong practitioners throughout the world have been constantly speaking out about the truth of Falun Gong and exposing the CCP's crimes in a tireless effort to end the persecution.


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