End the 13-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China, and Stop the Tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party
WASHINGTON, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters are gathering in Washington, DC to mark the 13th anniversary of the beginning of what has become one of the worst human rights violations in the world.
Events are open to the public and media.
Event 1: Rally on Capitol Hill
Thursday, July 12, 2012
12:00 p.m - 1:30 p.m.
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Speakers to include members of Congress, human rights groups, and more
Event 2: Grand March
Friday, July 13, 2012
11:30 a.m - 12:45 p.m.
Thousands of Falun Gong supporters will march from John Marshall Park (501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) to the Washington Monument to call for freedom for Falun Gong and an end to the persecution in China.
Event 3: Candlelight Vigil
Friday, July 13, 2012
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
To commemorate those who have lost their lives and their freedom to the persecution in China, Falun Gong practitioners and supporters will hold a vigil to peacefully show their solidarity.
Background: Within seven years of its public introduction in 1992, Falun Gong spread by word of mouth to 100 million people in China, who experienced firsthand its health and spiritual benefits. Then, on July 20th, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign to eradicate Falun Gong through propaganda, mass imprisonment, torture, and other forms of coercive “reeducation” that have resulted in over 3,550 confirmed deaths. To this day, hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are held extra-judicially in labor camps where physical and psychiatric torture is routinely used. Falun Gong practitioners have responded to the state-sanctioned violence using entirely peaceful means. For thirteen years they have sought to educate the public about the persecution. To this day, more than 110 million people have submitted statements to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party, and its affiliated organizations, embracing hope for a free and peaceful future.
SOURCE Falun Dafa Association of Washington, D.C.