Falun Gong Practitioners, Supporters Rally at US Capitol (Photos)
practice their the ‘Falun Standing Stance’ in front of the U.S. Capitol on July
14, as part of a commemoration of 12 years of the Chinese regime’s persecution
of the spiritual discipline. (Alex Ma/The
More than 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners and supporters rally on the West
Lawn of the U.S. Capital in Washington, DC
calling for an end to the twelve-year persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Numerous members of the U.S. Congress, and leading NGOs, including Amnesty International and Freedom House, spoke out
against China’s repression of the peaceful spiritual movement, also known as Falun Dafa.
A Senate resolution, introduced July 13, and announced at the rally, calls on the Chinese Communist Party
to “immediately cease and desist from its campaign to persecute Falun Gong
practitioners and promptly release all Falun Gong practitioners who have been
confined, detained, or imprisoned in retaliation for pursuing their right to
hold and exercise spiritual beliefs.”
The resolution also expresses
support for volunteers and participants of the Tuidang movement, an emerging non-violent
movement in China that encourages Chinese citizens to renounce their ties to the
Chinese Communist Party.