Chinese Consulate Rally in LA Calls For End to Renewed Persecution in Hong Kong

LOS ANGELES—About 180 practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong gathered in front of the Chinese Consulate on May 3, calling for the halt to a slanderous media campaign in Hong Kong. Practitioners of Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, quietly protested for more than an hour. They held signs that read “truthfulness, compassion, tolerance”—the main tenants of Falun Gong—as around 20 cars with Falun Gong decorations circled the rally. The protest was sparked by a recent editorial from Ta Kung Pao, a pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) newspaper in Hong Kong, which published eight articles slandering Falun Gong and called on the government to ban the spiritual practice in Hong Kong. Nearly 22 years ago, the CCP launched a brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China. At that time, up to 100 million people in China were practicing Falun Gong, according to official estimates. Since then, adherents have been arrested and tortured within the country’s prisons, labor camps, and psychiatric wards in an effort to force them to renounce their faith. Wu Yingnian, …

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