1000 km ?SOS! Global Rescue Walk? Canada to New York UN Starts Sunday in Ottawa

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  • Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2001 09:14:50 -0400

Attention:  News / Assignment / Photo Editors:

MEDIA ADVISORY  For Immediate Release: September 29, 2001

?SOS! Global Rescue Walk? Canada to New York UN
1000 km walk to the United Nations to Appeal for Falun Gong Practitioners
Persecuted in China

Ottawa - On Sunday, September 30, four people from Canada will continue their
journey, with a 1000km walk from Ottawa to the New York UN to deliver
signatures gathered from fellow Canadians who call for an end to the
persecution of Falun Gong in China. This is part of the ?SOS! Global Rescue
Walk? that is taking place in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Practitioners will bring the voices of Canadian people to the United Nations
to urge the President of China to end the brutal persecution of Falun Gong,
and to release the illegally imprisoned practitioners.

The Montreal leg of the SOS Global Rescue Walk joined their Toronto
counterpart on September 27 on Parliament Hill and delivered 95,000 signatures
to the Prime Minister. Now, practitioners will continue on, walking to the
United Nations in New York City to appeal.

News Conference:
Sunday, September 30, 1:00pm.
Confederation Park (Laurier & Elgin), Ottawa

The team of 4 walkers will speak about their motivation for the walk to the
UN. Interviews available. The walkers are Ying Zhu, Zhili Li, Dongdong Yang
and Jingzhi Liu.

Contact:        Lucy Zhou:      613-599-7474, 613-862-7494 (Cell)
                Yumin Yang:     514-941-2203 (Cell)


Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a self-improvement practice for the
mind and body. It was introduced to the public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi.
Since then, millions of individuals around the world have taken up the
peaceful, meditative practice.

Fearful that the huge popularity of Falun Gong might undermine the atheistic
communist ideology, in July of 1999 the Jiang Zemin government began a brutal
persecution against this peaceful, non-political spiritual practice. In the
last two years, at least 283 people have been killed by police. 100,000 have
been sent to labor camps for indefinite terms without trials, where they are
routinely beaten, shocked with electric batons, sexually abused, and subjected
to countless other brutal measures. Hundreds more have been sentenced to long
prison sentences in ?show trials,? and at least a thousand have been sent to
Mental Hospitals to be abused with dangerous drugs. Jiang Zemin has stated,
?no measures are too excessive to exterminate Falun Gong,? and that ?those who
are beaten to death will be counted as suicides.?  The toll of human suffering
cannot accurately be measured. All segments of society are subjected to
constant hate propaganda from the state-controlled media and are often forced
against their will to take part in the persecution.

Websites: www.FalunCanada.net and  www.FalunCanada.net/infocentre


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