A congressional lawmaker flew two American flags over the U.S. Capitol on May 13 in celebration of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong.
The day marks the 28th year of the practices introduction in northeastern China in 1992. The practice has since spread to more than 90 countries with an estimated following of 70 to 100 million. The practice, also called Falun Dafa, is known for its meditative exercises and moral teachings centered on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) requested two flags to be hoisted for the occasion—recognizing both the anniversary as well as Li, a 5-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, for introducing the practice.
The certification for flag raising in honor of Li read: “Your legacy will continue to touch and instill confidence in our future generation of leaders around the world.”
The flags have since been mailed from Washington back to Bucks County, Philadelphia. Jennie Sheeks, a local Falun Gong practitioner who picked up the flags on May 15, said the event carried a special message for the practitioners, given the ongoing persecution in China targeting their faith.
Since 1999, adherents have faced continued harassment, forced labor, or imprisonment in an escalating campaign aimed at eradicating the spiritual group. Hate propaganda filled airwaves and state newspapers for months on end, and people risk jail or torture for mere mention of the belief or carrying informational flyers.
“With the fact that in China you cant really access free media and theres so much terrible propaganda against Falun Dafa, it can be a really lonely place to be a Falun Dafa practitioner,” Sheeks said in an interview, adding that the symbolic gesture would encourage the practitioners in China as they “continue to forbear under the suffering that they are going through.”
For many regular Chinese people who have misconceptions about the practice because of the Chinese Communist Partys indoctrination, the flag-raising event—showing U.S. support for the practice—“make them realize that the persecution of Falun Dafa is wrong and that its time to end this 20-year-long persecution,” she said.
Minghui.org, a U.S.-based clearinghouse for first-hand accounts about the persecution, has documented around 4,500 deaths as a result of the state-sanctioned campaign and over 113,000 cases of torture over the years. Due to Read More – Source