On July 16 2009, Austrian Falun Gong practitioners held a press conference in Vienna to expose the brutal persecution still taking place in China.
Witnessing the CCP's persecution
Ms. Liu, a Chinese woman living in Germany, was invited to Vienna to narrate her personal story of being persecuted in China. Falun Gong informational materials were found by her colleague in Ms. Liu's office. She was reported, and the police arrested Ms. Liu and sentenced her to 18 months of "labour re-education" without following any legal procedures. She suffered from long-term abuse, and was forced to watch videos slandering Falun Gong. She was deprived of sleep for several continuous days and nights. Through torture and brainwashing, Ms. Liu was pressured to renounce her belief. The misunderstandings of her family, who forced her into terminating her relationship with them, added to her anguish.
Ms. Liu choked up and sobbed a few times when she narrated her experience. Her words, "The CCP's labour re-education camp is hell on earth," moved the audience.
Supporting the Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted
Ms. Katharina Grieb, head of the Austrian branch of the International Human Rights Association, has actively worked for many years to improve human rights. She has expressed her support for Falun Gong in political and press circles. At the press conference, Ms. Grieb condemned the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong and its atrocities of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.
The TV programme produced by New Tang Dynasty TV, "A Decade of Courage," was played at the press conference to expose the CCP's atrocities of live organ harvesting. Ms. Grieb appealed to all people not to be misled by China's economic development, and to help the Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted.
The head of the Austrian Falun Dafa Association called on all media outlets to focus on the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. It has been 10 years since the CCP started suppressing Falun Gong. The representative stated, "It has been verified that at least 3,200 Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured to death in China by the CCP."
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