Since the state-sanctioned harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners in China came to light, millions around the world have signed petitions calling on their governments to condemn these atrocities. Despite heavy censorship of such information in China, more and more people are finding the courage to voice their opposition to the Communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong.
Public support for practitioners’ peaceful resistance is growing across China, even in regions surrounding the central government in Beijing.
The latest demonstration of support came from Tianjin, one of four municipalities directly administrated by the central government. It’s also one of the first cities in which the nationwide persecution of Falun Gong was launched in 1999.
Since February 2014, 5,894 people in Tianjin and Hengshui (a nearby town in Hebei Province) have signed the petition.
Government Official: “Too Brutal and Inhumane”
At one signature drive, Falun Gong practitioners met a government official. After a long conversation, he not only signed the petition but also renounced his membership in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “The Communist Party harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners is too brutal and inhumane,” he said, while affixing his fingerprint to the signature sheet.
Groups of Villagers Sign Their Names
In front of a village convenience store [editor’s note: village names are not disclosed to protect the identity of the individuals involved], practitioners told a group of people about the persecution and organ harvesting. The villagers eagerly took all of the pamphlets the practitioners had prepared. Since the store was a high-traffic area, many passersby listened in, and almost everyone signed the petition.
In another village, after listening to practitioners, an old farmer told those gathered around, “The CCP is really horrible. I’ve witnessed many crimes it committed. The party robs its people, and it even persecutes good people—all the Falun Gong practitioners I know are very good people. Now it even harvests people’s organs for profit. It’s unconscionable. I am absolutely against it, so I’ll sign my name.”
Encouraged by him, more than thirty villagers signed their names and applied their fingerprints on the petition.
In a small village, practitioners talked to almost all of the 60 households about the persecution. Many villagers withdrew their memberships in the Communist Party and its affiliated organizations. The majority of the village signed the petition.
This story is based on an article from Minghui.org