Rallies in London and Cambridge Mark 18 Years of the Persecution of Falun Gong

Rallies in London and Cambridge Mark 18 Years of the Persecution of Falun Gong

Practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong marched through the streets of London and Cambridge on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, appealing for an end to the 18-years of persecution instigated by the Chinese communist regime.

A colourful marching band was followed by protesters peacefully holding banners and placards. On the Sunday evening, a candlelit vigil was held in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Falun Gong is a traditional Chinese meditation practice that cultivates truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. A brutal crackdown of the practice was initiated on 20 July 1999 by the then-leader of the Chinese communist party, Jiang Zemin.

Since that time there have been 4,112 documented deaths, but this is thought to be the tip of the iceberg. The NGO Freedom House estimates that the number of practitioners detained in labour camps and sentenced to prison terms is in the hundreds of thousands, “making them the largest contingent of prisoners of...
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