Falun Gong Adherents Hold Large-Scale Parade in Toronto and Call for an End to the Persecution Campaign in China |

Acting Conservative leader Candice Bergen says adherents in China ‘have suffered a lot for their faith’

A rally followed by a parade of approximately 1,200 Falun Gong adherents was held in downtown Toronto on July 17 to call for an end to the ongoing persecution campaign launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). against adherents in China 23 years ago.

During the rally, which was held in front of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park, practitioners from the spiritual group heard stories of victims of persecution and received words of support from some Canadian officials. , including interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen.

“Religious freedom is at the heart of a just society. No one should ever be targeted or harassed for their religion, no matter where they live,” Bergen said in a letter read at the rally.

“Unfortunately, for many years the Chinese Communist Party has persecuted Falun Gong practitioners who have suffered greatly for their faith. Reports of unacceptable human rights abuses against Falun Gong continue to surface, despite the fact that the traditions of Falun Gong are rooted in the peaceful values ​​of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.

Falun Gong adherents take part in a parade in downtown Toronto on July 16, 2022, calling for an end to the persecution of their adherents in China. (Allan Zhang/The Epoch Times)

Former Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon, who was born in Poland under communist rule, called on governments around the world to take action to help end the persecution.

“Everyone has the right to live in peace, to worship as they see fit, and to hold their own political opinions. Freedom is a universal value, and it should not be restricted by any government anywhere,” did he declare.

“It is very important that these people in China know that they are not alone, because if they are left alone, if the world forgets, the Chinese government wins.”

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Former Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon waves as he speaks at a rally organized by Falun Gong practitioners in downtown Toronto on July 17, 2022. (Andrew Chen/The Epoch Times )

“Crimes against humanity and genocide”

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, consists of five meditative exercises and a moral teaching based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. Introduced in China in 1992, the practice quickly grew in popularity and by 1999 had attracted between 70 and 100 million adherents, according to official estimates.

However, former CCP leader Jiang Zemin viewed this popularity as a threat to the regime’s authoritarian rule, and he launched his extensive campaign on July 20, 1999. The persecution resulted in countless Falun Gong adherents being unlawfully subjected to imprisonment, forced labor, torture, and death. They are also targeted for organ harvesting, where their vital organs are forcibly removed to supply China’s lucrative organ transplant industry.

“Intense state-directed hate propaganda has turned Chinese society against tens of millions of people who practice Falun Gong in China, subjecting them to discrimination, abduction, imprisonment, unbelievable torture and death,” Falun Dafa Association spokesperson Joel Chipkar said at the rally.

“Legal experts say crimes against humanity and genocide are happening. The evidence also shows that a large number of people who practice Falun Gong are killed for their vital organs by the communist state.

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Falun Gong practitioners celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of spiritual practice. (Allan Zhang/The Epoch Times)
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Children also participated in the rally and parade. (Allan Zhang/The Epoch Times)

Chipkar also said that the CCP’s foreign influence operations have led to the international community’s acquiescence in the persecution.

“There has never been such international silence in the face of such massive crimes against humanity, such as that seen in the persecution of Falun Gong over the past 23 years,” he said. “Why? Because the CCP has tried to manipulate the international community into indifference by using money, political pressure, and hate propaganda to attack Falun Gong.

“Here in Canada, communist agents continue to spread hatred against Falun Gong and pressure our government officials at all levels to remain silent in the face of the persecution,” he continued.

“So the Chinese Communist Party is not only targeting Falun Gong. He attacks the moral conscience of each viewer who is given the choice to side with innocence or evil.

Lizon urged people to “work together at defeat this terrible government of China and to bring freedom at followers of Falun Gong and everything citizens of China.”

“I really hope this a daytime, whether we to encounter here Where somewhere other in Toronto, good be to celebrate our victory,” he said.

On July 16, Falun Gong adherents held a candlelight vigil outside the Chinese Consulate in Toronto to protest the government’s persecution.

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Falun Gong practitioners hold a candlelight vigil outside the Chinese Consulate in Toronto on July 16, 2022, marking the 23rd anniversary of the persecution launched by the Chinese Communist regime against their fellow adherents in China. (Evan Ning/The Epoch Times)
Andre Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based reporter for The Epoch Times.

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