Ros-Lehtinen said at July 12 DC Rally -- “As many of you know, I have addressed this peaceful gathering of Falun Gong activists for several years now, yet sadly, things appear to have worsened for our ...
“The peaceful men and women of Falun Gong are among the largest group of
prisoners of conscience in the world. These murders, kidnappings and
other egregious human rights abuses serve as a reminder of the lengths
and depths the cruel old men in Beijing will go to in order to retain
their bloody grip on power. Authorities have imprisoned anyone willing
to speak out to defend victims of these heinous acts, including human
rights lawyer Mr. Gao, who remains incarcerated at a remote facility and
unable to regularly contact his family.
“The cowards in Beijing
are so scared of Falun Gong’s tranquil teachings that their internet
censors have blocked Chinese citizens from searching for it or even
discussing it in web chats or via email. This loathsome persecution of
Falun Gong must stop and it must stop now! It is essential that the
people of China continue their struggle for democracy and human rights.
It is essential that friends and supporters of democracy and human
rights continue to show their solidarity and support, by speaking out
against these abuses and by embracing such courageous figures of
conscience as the Dalai Lama.
“China’s rise as a global power has
made people hesitant to criticize the regime, fearing economic
repercussions. President Obama must do what is right and not be timid
in the face of Chinese bullying and threats. It is up to the United
States, as a symbol of liberty, to confront the immoral Communist
leadership in Beijing and speak out for the human rights of the Chinese
“This means urging the old men in Beijing to stop
repressing Falun Gong practitioners, Tibetans, Uyghurs, all other
Chinese as well as North Korean refugees. It means not allowing
ownership of America’s debt to be synonymous with ownership of America’s
values. It is our responsibility to be that shining city on a hill, to
be a beacon of freedom, liberty and hope for the entire world to see!
must stand with Falun Gong and all the repressed! Beijing must release
Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience,
immediately. Set China free!”
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