Toronto Falun Gong practitioners call on Trudeau to end persecution of Chinese supporters at the Summit for Democracy


Falun Gong practitioners will meet at the Toronto City Hall on December 7 and demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau end the brutal persecution of religious groups as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) attends the upcoming Summit for Democracy. I asked.

US President Joe Biden host At the Summit for Democracy, December 9-10, world leaders and government officials from 110 countries, including Canada, will meet in a hypothetical way to strengthen democracy, strengthen human rights and defend against authoritarianism. Discussion was held.

Kacey Cox, a spokesman for Falun Gong in Toronto, said at a rally that supporters were one of the largest groups of victims persecuted by the Chinese government. For 22 years, Chinese Falun Gong practitioners have faced many ill-treatments, including arbitrary arrests, torture, and removal of living organs.

“It is immoral to persecute, torture, kill, and defames Falun Gong practitioners for their faith. The Canadian government must firmly oppose this,” Cox said.

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Falun Gong practitioners raised a flag at a rally outside the Toronto City Hall on December 7, 2021, calling on the federal government to put pressure on the Chinese Communist Party to end the persecution of Falun Gong. (Misshelf / Epoch Times)

The summit is held at the same time as Human Rights Day, which is held on December 10th every year.

On International Human Rights Day last year, the Falun Gong Law Association of Canada submitted to the Foreign Minister a list of 150 CCP staff members who were involved in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The group sought sanctions on certain officials under the Global Magnitzky Human Rights Act, which allows the government to impose targeted measures on foreigners involved in human rights abuses.

Cox publicly condemned CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, sanctioned 150 CCP staff, and 12 prisoners of conscience at a rally on December 7, re-elected to coincide with Human Rights Day. Repeatedly called on Trudeau to release him in relation to Canada. They are still detained in China for the practice of Falun Gong.

Falun Gong is a spiritual practice that includes meditative movements and moral teachings based on the beliefs of honesty, compassion, and tolerance. This practice, also known as the Falun Dafa, was introduced in China in 1992 and quickly became widespread as it reported benefits to mental and physical health.

According to official estimates by the Chinese government, this practice has attracted 70 to 100 million supporters in China by 1999.

However, Jiang Zemin, a former Chinese Communist Party leader, saw its popularity as a threat to the government’s rule and launched a persecution campaign on July 20, 1999 aimed at eradicating that practice. Since then, millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been detained, Estimated 1.5-2.5 million According to the Falun Dafa Information Center, it was held at a labor camp in 2010 alone.

Toronto students are seeking help to save their mother

Liu Mingyuan, an international student living in Toronto, has called for the release of his mother, Liu Yan, who has been detained there since being arrested by Chinese authorities in Kunming, China on September 30.

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Liu Mingyuan, a student at Sheridan University in Ontario, opposes the Chinese administration’s persecution of Falun Gong at a rally at the Toronto City Hall on December 7, 2021. The administration recently detained his mother, Liu Yan, for believing in the Dharmachakra. Spiritual practice of Falun. (Misshelf / Epoch Times)

Liu Yan began training in Falun Gong in 1994. Prior to her recent arrest, she and her family had already been detained and imprisoned for their beliefs. In 1999, authorities detained Liu with his then-two-year-old daughter for refusing to abandon his belief in Falun Gong.

In 2012, Liu’s husband was arrested in a labor camp and sentenced to four years in prison for refusing to abandon Falun Gong training. In 2015, Liu was detained again and sentenced to three years of forced labor.

“My family is just one of the tens of thousands of Chinese families persecuted for believing in Falun Gong,” Liu Mingyuan said at a rally to Trudeau and other world leaders at the summit on the human rights of the CCP. He sought help to end the infringement. Release the detained Falun Gong practitioner.

Voice of support

Many celebrities attended the rally to show their support for Falun Gong. These include former Conservative Party member Wladyslaw Lizon, former Conservative Senator Consiglio Di Nino, President of the Taiwan Human Rights Association of Canada, Michael Stainton, and Federal Vice President. Democratic Chinese camp line.

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Former Conservative lawmaker Wladyslaw Lizon speaks with Falun Gong practitioners at a rally held at the Toronto City Hall on December 7, 2021. (Michelle Hu / The Epoch Times)

Born in Poland, then Soviet-dominated, Rizon said that just as Europeans eventually won freedom, the same freedom would be brought to the victims of China’s Chinese Communist Party. He urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to accelerate the process by putting pressure on the Chinese government.

“We must continue to remind the government that, like the Chinese government and other oppressive governments today, we should respect people and give them the rights they deserve,” he said.

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Former Conservative Senator Concilio di Nino expressed his support for Falun Gong practitioners while speaking at a rally held at the Toronto City Hall on December 7, 2021. (Michelle Fu / The Epoch Times)

Di Nino never allows the Chinese government to investigate and verify official statements on human rights violations in China, including those against Falun Gong, Uighur Muslims, and other persecuted groups in China. He said he didn’t.

“The Chinese Communist Party is unreliable,” he said.

“We are here again to remind not only the Chinese Communist Party, but also Toronto and the people of the world that democracy and freedom will never stop until it spreads around the world and will continue to fight.”

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Michael Steinton, President of the Taiwan Human Rights Association of Canada, will speak at a rally outside the Toronto City Hall on December 7, 2021. (Michelle Fu / The Epoch Times)

China’s Falun Gong practitioners are as persecuted as Christians in the Roman Empire, but through tenacity, “justice, democracy, and freedom ultimately win,” Steinton said.

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Sheng Xue, Vice President of the Federation for a Democratic China Line, spoke at a rally outside the Toronto City Hall on December 7, 2021. She urged Farungon supporters to continue the fight against the persecution of the CCP. (Misshelf / Epoch Times)

Shen Xue also praised the resilience of Falun Gong practitioners.

“It’s not through sticking that you have hope, but through sticking that you have hope,” she said. “Today, most of mainland China is still fooled. [by the CCP]However, Falun Gong practitioners are candles that shine in the dark. “

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.