SYDNEY, Australia—The resistance of Falun Gong to repression by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been praised by former Chinese diplomat Chen Yonglin, who said the group’s resilience has given “Chinese people with conscience” hope.
Mr Chen was speaking at a rally in Sydney to mark 12 years of brutal persecution by the CCP of adherents to the peaceful meditation practice Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa.
Falun Gong practitioners’ refusal to submit to the CCP’s demands was an inspiration to those fighting for human rights in China, he said.
“The Falun Gong’s unremitting persistence and resistance against the CCP represents the Chinese nation’s soul of never giving up, never dying,” he said.
Mr Chen, who defected from a senior position in Sydney’s Chinese Consulate in 2005, told rally attendees that in recognising the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance, Falun Gong had “revived the spirit of traditional Chinese culture.”
Rather than destroying Falun Gong and its followers, Mr Chen said the CCP’s brutal persecution had actually served to strengthen the resolve of practitioners.
“Millions of Falun Gong … still raise their hands in prisons, in their houses, in exile—they will never give up. They have written a heroic history for the Chinese nation against the appalling communism cult,” he said.
Mr Chen also commended the Quit the CCP or Tuidang movement, which sprang up in 2005 as a result of the continuing persecution of Falun Gong. The movement is on the eve of reaching 100 million Chinese people who have withdrawn their membership of the Chinese Communist Party.
“The Falun Gong non-violent resistance movement has speeded up the collapse of the CCP,” he said.
Mr Chen said that during the 60 years of CCP rule, over 400,000 Chinese intellectuals have been killed, and following the brutal crackdown on students in Tiananmen Square in 1989, “Chinese people with conscience were quite desperate”, he said.
The Tuidang movement had raised awareness of the horrific nature of the regime and given Chinese people hope, he said.
Shame on CCP
State MP, David Shoebridge, leader of the New South Wales Greens, also spoke in support of Falun Gong at the rally.
He described the length and extent of the persecution in China saying the actions had bought “shame” on the Chinese regime.
“The practices of Falun Gong are not naturally against the Chinese government,” he explained. “The practices of Falun Gong are matters spiritual, matters of faith.
“It is an essential human right to practice your faith free of persecution.”
Mr Shoebridge said the Greens continued to advocate for an international inquiry into reports that Falun Gong practitioners are being used as an organ bank for an illegal state-run organ trade in China.
“We need to shed light on what this authoritarian regime is doing to practitioners of Falun Gong in China and we need to have our government stand up to the regime and call for an end to the persecution,” he said.
Materialism Will Fail
Tracy De Geer from the Women’s Federation of World Peace told the rally that Falun Gong presented the best of Chinese culture, which was “to be able to work on being peaceful and good people.”
The CCP’s ideology of materialism would never bring long lasting prosperity to the Chinese people, she predicted, as it “ignores the spirit and heart of people.”
Radio commentator Stephen Sim agreed, saying that trade was the “insidious weapon” that was blinding the international community to the corrupt nature of the regime in China.
He called on Australians to pressure their local, state and federal MPs to take a stand on human rights in China and to stop the persecution of Falun Gong.
One Nation’s Bob Vinnicombe also spoke in support of Falun Gong, saying there were many other groups like the Tibetans in China and countries like Vietnam that need to be free of these oppressive regimes.