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Chinese ex-pats warn of gruesome trade

Saturday, 15th October, 2016

Members of the SOS Car Tour with their banner outside the City Council administration building yesterday. PICTURE: Kara de Groot Members of the SOS Car Tour with their banner outside the City Council administration building yesterday. PICTURE: Kara de Groot

By Kara de Groot

Broken Hill was visited by a group of Falun Gong practitioners yesterday on their travels across the State to protest against forced human organ harvesting in China.

Starting in Sydney, the car tour aims to stop in some 200 towns across NSW to raise the issue.

Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa, is a Chinese spiritual discipline in the Buddha school tradition, and was first introduced to the public in 1992. 

In 1999, the Chinese government began arresting Falun Gong practitioners and banned the publication of related material, the practitioners said. .

In 2006, they said, it was revealed that about a million people in China, primarily prisoners of conscience such as Falun Gong practitioners, had their organs forcibly harvested, to the condemnation of the international community.

The practice continues today.

Jenny Zeng is a Falun Gong practitioner who lives in Australia and is part of the tour. 

She says her parents in China were denied a passport and a visa to see her for nine years because she practices Falun Gong.

“My story is very light compared to others,” said Ms Zeng. “We have ten members in our team and every member is a victim or witness to the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Some have been tortured.”

Ms Zeng hopes the tour will raise awareness of the issue among the Australians, and said the support the group has received has been wonderful.

“We’ve met so many kind-hearted people who support us,” she said.

“But we want to tell Australians who want to go to China for organ transplants because of its very short waiting list, please don’t go, because if you go innocent people will die.”

The SOS Car Tour has been sharing petitions in the cities it visits, as well as speaking with local media, politicians and hospitals to spread the message.

They hope to convince parliament to pass a motion condemning the forced organ harvesting.

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