"SOS! Global RescueWalk" Arriving in Ottawa Sept. 27

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  • Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 17:33:08 -0400

News Release    For Immediate Release: September 21, 2001

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"SOS! Global RescueWalk" Arriving in Ottawa Sept. 27
Walk from Toronto/Montreal to Ottawa to Appeal for Falun Gong Practitioners 
Persecuted in China
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Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal -  On September 7 and 14 respectively, five women 
from Toronto and six people from Montreal began a journey on foot to Ottawa to 
gather support from Canadians. The petitions they carry is a strong and urgent 
appeal from Canadians to the Prime Minister. They are calling for the 
intervention of the Canadian government to end the persecution of Falun Gong 
practitioners in China for their belief in the principles of 
"Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance"
Toronto group's 20-day walk covers 45 Ontario cities and towns including Ajax, 
Whitby, Oshawa, Trenton, Kingston, Brockville, Prescott and others. They will 
enter Ottawa on September 26 via Highway 16.

Montreal group's 14-day walk  covers Quebec cities and town including Drion, 
Hudson, Rigaud, Hawkesbury, Masson-Angers, Gatineau, Hull and others. They 
will pass Hull on September 26 and enter Ottawa via St. Laurent Bridge in the 
morning of September 27.

Both groups will continue to walk-a-thon to Parliament Hill on Sept. 27. Falun 
Gong supporters will hold an all day rally on the Hill that day. Ms Colleen 
Beaumier, M.P. , with other supporters will also host a welcoming ceremony for 
the walkers at 12:30pm on that day.

The following are some walkers:
Yuxue Li, a 54-year old grandmother, is among these courageous walkers; Li 
Zhang, is a recent immigrant to Canada whose husband has been sent to labour 
camp for 3.5 years in China.

This is part of the "SOS! Global Rescue Walk" that is taking place in North 
America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Media Interview Available (Please call to arrange interviews)
Who:            Walkers on the Falun Gong's SOS! Global Rescue Walk
Contact:        Lucy Zhou 613-599-7474; 613-862-7494 (Cell)  
Websites:       www.sos-earthwalk.net, www.faluncanada.net and  
www.faluncanada.net/infocentre

Background
Facing the extremely evil persecution, being abducted by state police, 
tortured, raped, imprisoned, slandered, even murdered, millions of Falun Gong 
practitioners in China have chosen not to silently hide at home, but rather 
courageously and selflessly step forward to protect virtue and goodness for 
the future of our society.  Their hearts are not filled with hatred and they 
choose not to retaliate with violence, rather they use only peaceful means to 
appeal and tirelessly tell the truth to the world with their sweat, suffering, 
even lives. They demonstrate the power of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance". 
Their spirit has inspired supporters all over the world to continuously appeal 
for an end to the brutal persecution of Falun Gong.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice for the 
refinement of mind-body-spirit.  Its main premise is that 
Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance is the fundamental principle of the 
universe.

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