Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021

‘Immediately Cease’ Repression of Falun Gong, US Tells Beijing on Eve of Persecution Anniversary

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The United States on July 19 called on the Chinese communist regime to “immediately cease” its long-running persecution of Falun Gong and release all adherents who have been jailed for their beliefs. State Department spokesman Ned Price made the comment at a regular press briefing, a day before the 22nd anniversary of the start of Beijing’s eradication campaign against the faith group. “Tomorrow, we recognize 22 years since the People’s Republic of China launched the campaign of repression against the Falun Gong movement, and its millions of practitioners, advocates, and the human rights defenders working to protect their rights,” Price said. He added that “thousands of Falun Gong practitioners face detention, harassment and reported torture and abuse each year” for simply refusing to renounce the peaceful practice of their beliefs. A meditation practice first introduced to China in 1990s, Falun Gong surged in popularity in the country with its slow-movement …

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