Falun Gong Candlelight Vigil at Majestic Eiffel Tower 巴黎艾菲尔铁塔前 法轮功学员烛光守夜

The dazzling tower is a permanent majestic fixture on the Paris skyline, and this week has seen it blinking with soft candlelight as more than 300 Falun Gong practitioners came together from all over Europe to hold a vigil on the eve of Sept. 30, 2017. They were there to commemorate the millions of Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted and killed in China by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for their beliefs based on the universal values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.

巴黎艾菲尔铁塔常常以地标的身份,为国际重要大事亮灯。9月30日晚,铁娘子穿上了一身金灿灿的“晚装”,在她的脚下,一盏盏小小的烛光寄托了思念和希望。

一群身穿黄、蓝色衣服的人们在人权广场上整齐地静坐。他们的脚下放着一幅幅遗像。这是来自欧洲各国的部分法轮功学员约300多人在举行烛光守夜,悼念在中国大陆因坚持信仰“真、善、忍”、修炼法轮功而被中共迫害致死的同修。

Source: http://www.ntd.tv/inspiring/persecution-in-china/majestic-eiffel-tower-paid-tribute-to-2-tragedies-last-week-las-vegas-shooting-and-persecution-of-falun-gong.htmlhttp://www.epochtimes.com/gb/17/10/2/n9691248.htm

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Japanese Falun Gong Practitioners Commemorate the April 25 Peaceful Appeal

(Minghui.org) A march  for Falun Gong was held near the Asakusa Kannon Temple, a famous tourist spot in Tokyo, on April 16, 2017, to commemorate the upcoming 18th anniversary of the April 25 Peaceful Appeal, and raise awareness of the persecution of the meditation practice in China.

On April 25, 1999, approximately 10,000 practitioners peacefully appealed to the Chinese government in Beijing after the illegal arrests of fellow practitioners in Tianjin City. Three months later the campaign of human rights abuses officially began.

The event in Tokyo started with an exercise demonstration in the morning at a local park. The march was led by the local Tian Guo Marching Band, founded ten years ago by Falun Gong practitioners.

Exercise demonstration.

Falun Gong march near Asakusa Kannon Temple

The march attracted many tourists, and also reminded many Chinese of the appeal 18 years prior, which marked the beginning of Falun Gong’s courageous peaceful resistance against the Communist Party’s persecution.

A group of practitioners passed out materials during the march and talked to spectators on the street, informing them about the persecution and what Falun Gong is. Many tourists signed a petition to support Falun Gong.

Tellingpeople about the persecution.

Tourist signs petition condemning the persecution.

One gentleman said he used to live in Shanghai, and was well aware of the persecution. “The suppression of belief is insane,” he said. “You have done a great job raising awareness.”

Mr. Hiragana, a Japanese businessman, said to practitioners, “I went to Beijing last year. One of my Chinese friends told me his wife was arrested because of her Falun Gong belief. She has been jailed for five years.”

“My friend supports Falun Gong and loves his wife. I was very sad to see his family suffer. This persecution must be stopped.”

Mr. Hiragana supports Falun Gong.

After the march, practitioners assembled at Sumidagawa, and took a group photo to send greetings to Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, for the upcoming World Falun Dafa Day (May 13) and the 25th anniversary of the public introduction of the practice in China.

Group photo taken to send World Falun Dafa Day (May 13) greetings to Master Li Hongzhi.

Background:

On April 23-24, 1999, police officials in Tianjin, a city near Beijing, assaulted and arrested dozens of Falun Gong practitioners who had gathered outside a magazine office to discuss errors in a recently-published article attacking Falun Gong. As word spread of the arrests and more Falun Gong practitioners inquired with officials, they were told they had to take their appeals to Beijing. The following day, April 25, some 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners spontaneously gathered at the central appeals office in Beijing, as they had been instructed by Tianjin officials. The gathering was peaceful and orderly. Several Falun Gong representatives were called in to meet with Chinese Premier, Zhu Rongji, and members of his staff. That evening, the concerns of Falun Gong practitioners were addressed, the arrested practitioners in Tianjin were released, and everyone went home.

Related article in Chinese: http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2017/4/21/“四二五”前-日本学员反迫害游行-民众支持(图)-345907.html

Source – http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2017/4/22/162929.html

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Stories of Falun Gong Practitioners 法轮功学员的故事

(https://youtu.be/zS2R9_d8HcI?list=PLD97B7BAA33146BE9)

Photo of the Week 本周图片 – Candlelight vigil in Washington, D.C. Marks 15 Years of Persecution 北美法轮功学员在国会山前的国家广场举行15年和平反迫害烛光夜悼

Candlelight Vigil: Silent Remembrance Marks 15 Years of Persecution 

A father holds his daughter during a candle light vigil for Falun Gong practitioners who have died during the persecution in China, in Washington, D.C., on a July 17, 2014. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)

7月17日美国首都华盛顿,来自北美部份地区的法轮功学员在国会山前的国家广场举行15年和平反迫害烛光夜悼。(爱德华/大纪元)

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From: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/806070-candlelight-vigil-silent-remembrance-marks-15-years-of-persecution

Photo of the Week 本周图片 – Appreciating Artworks from the Falun Dafa Photo Exhibit, “A Long and Profound Road” 作品赏析:《深远的路》

2005_10_11_luFrom: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2005/10/12/34184.html (Chinese),

http://www.pureinsight.org/node/3410 (English)

Photo of the Week 本周图片 – 法轮功学员在渥太华国会山举办活动 Parliament Hill in Ottawa on July 20, 2013, commemorating the anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong

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法轮功学员在渥太华国会山举办活动

Parliament Hill in Ottawa on July 20, 2013, commemorating the anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

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Photo of the Week 本周图片 – Candlelight vigil in Washington, D.C 华府720烛光夜悼

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华府720烛光夜悼 A Falun Gong practitioner holds a candle aloft, at a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 18, 2013. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)

From – http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/188489-storm-passes-candles-light-meditation-and-remembrance/

July 20 Events Around The World 世界各地举行活动 抗议中共迫害法轮功十三年

By Stephen Gregory
Epoch Times Staff
Falun Gong practitioners hold a candlelight vigil opposite the People's Republic of China Embassy in Washington, D.C. on July 20. The practitioners are holding photos of practitioners killed by torture and abuse in China. (Ron Dory/The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners hold a candlelight vigil opposite the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Washington, D.C. on July 20. The practitioners are holding photos of practitioners killed by torture and abuse in China. (Ron Dory/The Epoch Times)

On July 20, 1999, the then-head of the CCP Jiang Zemin launched a campaign to, in his words, “eradicate Falun Gong.” Each year since then, Falun Gong practitioners around the world have staged solemn events on July 20 to protest the persecution of Falun Gong and to memorialize the persecution’s victims.

The spiritual practice of Falun Gong was first publicly taught in 1992 in China by Mr. Li Hongzhi. It spread very rapidly in China and had gained 100 million adherents by 1999. Falun Gong also began spreading to countries outside China, and is now practiced in over 70 countries.

Here is a selection of photos showing Falun Gong practitioners commemoration of Falun Gong at several locations around the world. To view them as a slideshow, please click on any image and follow the arrows.

Falun Gong practitioners hold a rally in front of City Hall in Manhattan on July 20, 2012 to call on officials to help stop the persecution in China in New York. This marks the 13th year of the persecution of the practice that was started by Jiang Zemin on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners hold a rally in front of City Hall in Manhattan on July 20, 2012 to call on officials to help stop the persecution in China in New York. This marks the 13th year of the persecution of the practice that was started by Jiang Zemin on July 20, 1999. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners sit opposite the People's Republic of China Embassy in Kuala Lumpur holding flower-wreathed portraits of practitioners who have been killed in China for their beliefs, on July 15. One practitioner holds a placard with the number 3,574, which is the current number of confirmed practitioner deaths due to the persecution in China. The actual death toll is believed to be far higher. (Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners sit opposite the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Kuala Lumpur holding flower-wreathed portraits of practitioners who have been killed in China for their beliefs, on July 15. One practitioner holds a placard with the number 3,574, which is the current number of confirmed practitioner deaths due to the persecution in China. The actual death toll is believed to be far higher. (Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners are pictured doing the Falun Standing Stance exercise, opposite the People's Republic of China Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on July 15. The practitioners are gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, which began on July 20, 1999. (Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners are pictured doing the Falun Standing Stance exercise, opposite the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on July 15. The practitioners are gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, which began on July 20, 1999. (Epoch Times)

An enactment of the forced, live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners that is going on in China, opposite the People's Republic of China Embassy in Tel Aviv, on July 20. (Yaira Yasmin/The Epoch Times)

An enactment of the forced, live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners that is going on in China, opposite the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Tel Aviv, on July 20. (Yaira Yasmin/The Epoch Times)

Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin, who joined the protest opposite the People's Republic of China Embassy in Tel Aviv on July 20, is pictured being interviewed by New Tang Dynasty TV. "When hundreds of thousands of people are imprisoned in concentration camps and tortured so terribly--the Jewish state must speak out," Feiglin said. (Yaira Yasmin/The Epoch Times)

Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin, who joined the protest opposite the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Tel Aviv on July 20, is pictured being interviewed by New Tang Dynasty TV. “When hundreds of thousands of people are imprisoned in concentration camps and tortured so terribly–the Jewish state must speak out,” Feiglin said. (Yaira Yasmin/The Epoch Times)

Ukrainian Falun Gong practitioners meditate opposite the People's Republic of China Embassy on July 20, in Kiev. (Volodymyr Borodin/Epoch Times)

Ukrainian Falun Gong practitioners meditate opposite the People’s Republic of China Embassy on July 20, in Kiev. (Volodymyr Borodin/Epoch Times)

A passerby stops to sign a petition at the candlelight vigil held by Ukrainian practitioners of Falun Gong on July 20 in Kiev, opposite the People's Republic of China Embassy. (Volodymyr Borodin/Epoch Times)

A passerby stops to sign a petition at the candlelight vigil held by Ukrainian practitioners of Falun Gong on July 20 in Kiev, opposite the People’s Republic of China Embassy. (Volodymyr Borodin/Epoch Times)

A Ukrainian Falun Gong practitioner holds a picture wreathed in flowers of a Falun Gong practitioner who was killed in China because of his faith, on July 20 opposite the People's Republic of China Embassy. (Volodymyr Borodin/Epoch Times)

A Ukrainian Falun Gong practitioner holds a picture wreathed in flowers of a Falun Gong practitioner who was killed in China because of his faith, on July 20 opposite the People’s Republic of China Embassy. (Volodymyr Borodin/Epoch Times)

Italian Falun Gong practitioners hold a demonstration outside the Italian parliament in Rome, on July 19. (Epoch Times)

Italian Falun Gong practitioners hold a demonstration outside the Italian parliament in Rome, on July 19. (Epoch Times)

Greek Falun Gong practitioners protest opposite the People's Republic of China consulate in Athens, early in the morning of July 20. (Julia Cen/Epoch Times)

Greek Falun Gong practitioners protest opposite the People’s Republic of China consulate in Athens, early in the morning of July 20. (Julia Cen/Epoch Times)

Hungarian Falun Gong practitioners protest opposite the People's Republic of China Embassy in Budapest on the evening of July 20. They sit meditating behind a display of photographs of practitioners killed for their beliefs in China. (Epoch Times)

Hungarian Falun Gong practitioners protest opposite the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Budapest on the evening of July 20. They sit meditating behind a display of photographs of practitioners killed for their beliefs in China. (Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners Andre Blanco (L) and Joana Ferreira, and their 2-month old son, inform locals outside the Chinese Consulate-General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil of the 13-year persecution against Falun Gong in China. (The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners Andre Blanco (L) and Joana Ferreira, and their 2-month old son, inform locals outside the Chinese Consulate-General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil of the 13-year persecution against Falun Gong in China. (The Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioner Zhou Jiu Hua, born in China, but living in Stockholm, Sweden for many years, talks about Falun Dafa with young Swedish ladies on July 20 outside the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm. (Zhihe Li/Epoch Times)

Falun Dafa practitioner Zhou Jiu Hua, born in China, but living in Stockholm, Sweden for many years, talks about Falun Dafa with young Swedish ladies on July 20 outside the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm. (Zhihe Li/Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioner Wendy Yang reads a statement describing how she was tortured for her beliefs in China, opposite the People's Republic of China Consulate-General in Chicago on July 20. (Vicky Huo/Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioner Wendy Yang reads a statement describing how she was tortured for her beliefs in China, opposite the People’s Republic of China Consulate-General in Chicago on July 20. (Vicky Huo/Epoch Times)

Pedestrians stop to show their support for Falun Gong practitioners protesting opposite the People's Republic of China  Consulate-General in Chicago on July 20. (Vicky Huo/Epoch Times)

Pedestrians stop to show their support for Falun Gong practitioners protesting opposite the People’s Republic of China  Consulate-General in Chicago on July 20. (Vicky Huo/Epoch Times)

Chicago Falun Gong practitioners hold a candlelight vigil opposite the People's Republic of China Consulate-General in Chicago on July 20. (Vicky Huo/Epoch Times)

Chicago Falun Gong practitioners hold a candlelight vigil opposite the People’s Republic of China Consulate-General in Chicago on July 20. (Vicky Huo/Epoch Times)

Latvian practitioners protest opposite the People's Republic of China Embassy in Riga, Latvia on July 20. (Ritvars Vitols/Epoch Times)

Latvian practitioners protest opposite the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Riga, Latvia on July 20. (Ritvars Vitols/Epoch Times)

Latvian practitioners hold a rally on Riga's Freedom Monument Square on July 20. In the foreground, a practitioner speaks to passersby about the persecution of Falun Gong in China, while in the background practitioners are seen doing the sitting meditation. Members of parliament, artists, journalists, and tourists helped support the rally, with many individuals signing a petition supporting Falun Gong. (Ritvars Vitols/Epoch Times)

Latvian practitioners hold a rally on Riga’s Freedom Monument Square on July 20. In the foreground, a practitioner speaks to passersby about the persecution of Falun Gong in China, while in the background practitioners are seen doing the sitting meditation. Members of parliament, artists, journalists, and tourists helped support the rally, with many individuals signing a petition supporting Falun Gong. (Ritvars Vitols/Epoch Times)

Falun Gong adherents in Toronto Canada parade down Gerrard Street as part of commemorations of the 13th anniversary of the Chinese regime's persecution of their spiritual discipline. (Evan Ning/The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong adherents in Toronto Canada parade down Gerrard Street as part of commemorations of the 13th anniversary of the Chinese regime’s persecution of their spiritual discipline. (Evan Ning/The Epoch Times)

Dressed in white, the traditional Chinese colour of mourning, Toronto Falun Gong practitioners hold photographs of fellow practitioners who were persecuted to death in China over the past 13 years. (Evan Ning/The Epoch Times)

Dressed in white, the traditional Chinese colour of mourning, Toronto Falun Gong practitioners hold photographs of fellow practitioners who were persecuted to death in China over the past 13 years. (Evan Ning/The Epoch Times)

Turkish Falun Gong practitioners gather outside the People's Republic of China Embassy to protest the persecution of Falun Gong. (The Epoch Times)

Turkish Falun Gong practitioners gather outside the People’s Republic of China Embassy to protest the persecution of Falun Gong. (The Epoch Times)

Turkish Falun Gong practitioners gather outside the People's Republic of China Embassy to protest the persecution of Falun Gong. (The Epoch Times)

Turkish Falun Gong practitioners gather outside the People’s Republic of China Embassy to protest the persecution of Falun Gong. (The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners on July 20 in Auckland, New Zealand hold flower-wreathed portraits of practitioners who have been killed in China for their beliefs. One practitioner holds a placard with the number 3,574, which is the current number of confirmed practitioner deaths. (The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners on July 20 in Auckland, New Zealand hold flower-wreathed portraits of practitioners who have been killed in China for their beliefs. One practitioner holds a placard with the number 3,574, which is the current number of confirmed practitioner deaths. (The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners in Ottawa, Canada, gather across the street from the Chinese embassy on July 20 to mark the 13th anniversary of the group’s persecution in China by the communist regime. (The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners in Ottawa, Canada, gather across the street from the Chinese embassy on July 20 to mark the 13th anniversary of the group’s persecution in China by the communist regime. (The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners in Edmonton, Canada, demonstrate the Falun Gong exercises and display a poster exhibit at an event in China Town on July 21 to mark the 13th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China. (The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners in Edmonton, Canada, demonstrate the Falun Gong exercises and display a poster exhibit at an event in China Town on July 21 to mark the 13th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China. (The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners hold a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Calgary, Canada, on July 20 to mark the 13th anniversary of the persecution of the spiritual discipline in China. (Jerry Wu/The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners hold a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Calgary, Canada, on July 20 to mark the 13th anniversary of the persecution of the spiritual discipline in China. (Jerry Wu/The Epoch Times)

On the 13th anniversary since the practice was banned in China, Falun Gong practitioners in Sydney, Australia demonstrate the exercises together in Belmore Park. (Li Yuan / The Epoch Times)

On the 13th anniversary since the practice was banned in China, Falun Gong practitioners in Sydney, Australia demonstrate the exercises together in Belmore Park. (Li Yuan / The Epoch Times)

On the evening of July 20, over one hundred Falun Gong practitioners held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in Australia's second largest city - Melbourne, to protest the 13 year-long persecution of the practice. (Hu Yu-Hua / The Epoch Times)

On the evening of July 20, over one hundred Falun Gong practitioners held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate in Australia’s second largest city — Melbourne, to protest the 13 year-long persecution of the practice. (Hu Yu-Hua / The Epoch Times)

Sydney-siders show their support by signing a petition calling an end to the 13 year-long persecution of Falun Gong in China. (Li Yuan / The Epoch Times)

Sydney-siders show their support by signing a petition calling an end to the 13 year-long persecution of Falun Gong in China. (Li Yuan / The Epoch Times)

The Australian Celestial Band (Tianguo) leads the parade as hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters march through downtown Melbourne, Australia on July 14, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Win Naing/Epoch Times)

The Australian Celestial Band (Tianguo) leads the parade as hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters march through downtown Melbourne, Australia on July 14, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Win Naing/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters march through Chinatown in Melbourne, Australia on July 14, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Win Naing/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters march through Chinatown in Melbourne, Australia on July 14, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Win Naing/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters march through Chinatown in Melbourne, Australia on July 14, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Win Naing/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters march through Chinatown in Melbourne, Australia on July 14, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Win Naing/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters march through downtown Melbourne, Australia on July 14, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Win Naing/Epoch Times)

Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters march through downtown Melbourne, Australia on July 14, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Win Naing/Epoch Times)

A candelight vigil is held in downtown Melbourne, Australia on July 20, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Lucy Liu/Epoch Times)

A candelight vigil is held in downtown Melbourne, Australia on July 20, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Lucy Liu/Epoch Times)

A candelight vigil is held in downtown Melbourne, Australia on July 20, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Lucy Liu/Epoch Times)

A candelight vigil is held in downtown Melbourne, Australia on July 20, to commemorate 13 years of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Regime. (Lucy Liu/Epoch Times)

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