Friday, July 1, 2016
Supporting the Falun Gong Protest on Canada Day
I met with some of the Falun Gong Protesters outside the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver today. I just wanted to make sure everyone understood the parameters of the court order. The City made a bylaw saying the protesters couldn't walk away and leave signs up over night. The court order did not say they couldn't stand there with a sign in a peaceful protest. No bylaw could order that because it would violate the Canadian Charter of Rights which is the highest law of the land.
I realized these kind and polite people were being bullied so I met with them and said it's OK, you can stand under my umbrella. Combining the symbolism from the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong with the Rihanna and Jay Z song Under my Umbrella. Rihanna shed some tears in Dublin.
Today the Finian Commission launched a new campaign spotlighting Communist China. I did an interview explaining the campaign with the Epoch Times and a Chinese television station. The bottom line is that these people are being persecuted in China. The government of China says they're a cult so they deserve it. That is ridiculous.
Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is a new form of Buddhism that believes in cultivating three Chinese virtues: Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance). There is nothing bad or cultlike in that. Christianity is widely accepted around the world and when Christ was on the earth they said he was leading a cult. He said if they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more so shall they call them of his household.
So just what is Falun Gong's crime? They like to meditate. I kid you not. Their campaign is simple. At www.free2meditate.org they state "Today in China, people who practice Falun Dafa face imprisonment, torture, or even death. If you think anyone should be free to meditate without fear of persecution, post your support to Facebook, Twitter, or any social media." They sugest posting a picture of you meditating on their Twitter account.
I remember during the Vancouver Occupy demonstration there was a group of peaceful protesters that were simply sitting there meditating. It is impossible for us to conceive how that could possibly be banned. A few years ago as I was on my way home from a TELUS demonstration in Burnaby, I saw a group of quite, polite Asians standing with signs. No one was paying any attention to them so I pulled over to have a look at what their signs said. I was shocked. They were listing numerous atrocities the Communist government has done in China. It was so sad no one was paying any attention to these kind polite people. Their concerns were very real. That's how I found out about the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party in the Epoch Times.
Today they have a new serious complaint. They claim that political prisoners under the Communist government are being tortured and even murdered for organ harvesting. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. The Finian Commission will be conducting a public inquiry into the matter. This is a copy of the initial report. The protesters are outside the Vancouver Consulate on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Hear them.
Epoch Times: Up to 1.5 Million Killed by Chinese Regime for Their Organs, Report Reveals
The Goddess of Democracy statue was first erected during the Tiananmen square protest.
UBC’s statue outside the SUB, the Goddess of Democracy, was holding an umbrella durring the Hong Kong protest in support of that cause. Cantonese is spoken in Hong Kong. Mainland China is trying to kill the language and replace it with Mandarin. Hong Kong may never gain their independence but they should be able to speak whatever language they choose.
China has a problem with overpopulation. Instead of forcing people to have abortions or executing prisoners of conscience, maybe they should just let people move? Maybe that would be a more peaceful solution to their problem. Every major city in the world has a Chinatown. Chinese culture is already influencing the entire world and that is a good thing. Diversity is the spice of life. If you only let families have one child and everyone has abortions if they have a girl, in one generation, who on earth are your men going to marry? It's not a very smart policy . Peace.
Update: Epoch Times article on the Canada Day Protest
English translation of the article in the Epoch Times
NTDTV Canada Day Article
English translation of NTDTV Article