Why These Aussies Went to Tiananmen Square to Expose a Human Rights Atrocity

‘The sanctity of life is more important than anything’

While Hong Kongers continue their fight for freedom against Beijing’s encroachment, almost two decades earlier a group of Aussies fought another battle inside the heart of Beijing—in Tiananmen Square.

Translated as “Gate of Heavenly Peace,” Tiananmen Square is far from heavenly under Communist Party rule, and has conversely been dubbed by some Chinese as the “Tiananmen Slaughter Square,” following the massacre of 10,000 civilians on June 4, 1989.

Knowing the risks, a group of Australians were among some who made the journey to Tiananmen Square in early 2002 with hopes to appeal to the Chinese regime to stop the persecution of Falun Dafa—a popular meditation discipline rooted in Buddhist tradition, also referred to as Falun Gong—and raise awareness worldwide of the then unreported persecution of its followers.

Denice and Stuart, who are mother and son, both found Falun Dafa in 2000. Soon after giving the spiritual practice ago, which had only been introduced to the public in China for the first time ever a decade prior, the two experienced dramatic health improvements.  more

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