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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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