Every now and then you hear something that stops you in your tracks….literally. There was a protest in Sydney today to make people aware of the alleged problem of live organ harvesting in China. But first some background. Falun Gong (a.k.a. Falun Dafa) is a spiritual practice rooted from ancient Chinese culture. It consists of meditative exercises and a moral philosophy centered on the tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. It was made public in China in 1992, and freely practiced in over 80 countries around the world. During the 1990s in China, over 70 million people took up the practice of Falun Gong, which, at the time, was openly promoted by Chinese authorities. According to http://stoporganharvesting.org/, communist leaders came to fear that Falun Gong was ideological competition because of its independence, popularity, and traditional spiritual content. In July 1999, http://stoporganharvesting.org/ claims the Communist Party launched a campaign to eradicate Falun Gong through extensive propaganda, mass imprisonment, torture, and organ harvesting. http://stoporganharvesting.org/ claims these atrocities continue to this day and multiple independent investigations estimate that 40,000-65,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been killed to fuel China’s lucrative organ transplant industry.
I was horrified. How could this be true? If you’re interested in learning more go to http://www.stoporganharvesting.org/ and make up your own mind.
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