The evidence is there, more in black and white than in color.
It’s from a documentary motion picture titled Free China: The Courage To Believe. It was shown in Philadelphia last week at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce offices. This movie proves much of Chinese junk goods sold over the counters this Christmas to unsuspecting Americans were produced by the blood-letting of hundreds of thousands of Chinese prisoners, many of them from the population of Falun Gong followers, native Chinese who practice this ancient Buddhist meditation practice.
The products – from cuddly teddy bears, floppy-eared Bugs Bunnys and long trails of Christmas lights and ornaments, to thousands of other such trinkets – often had to be wiped clean of the blood left by the hands of prisoners before they were packaged. That blood dripped onto the items from the hands of prisoners during 18 hours of knitting, needling, wiring daily every day of every month of every year of imprisonment.
The blood, not seen, came from these same prisoners, whose organs were harvested from the fittest of them – hearts, kidneys, lungs and eyes.
The motion picture was born from a memoir painfully remembered and meticulously recorded by authoress Jennifer Zeng and surreptitiously photographed by hundreds of Chinese with phone cameras.
Titled Witnessing History, the book documents the scourging torture suffered by Zeng, who was forced to denounce Falun Gong, and Charles Lee, an American businessman, who voiced his concerns over the ill treatment of Chinese by its government and was imprisoned and badgered throughout his three-year term, regardless of American government protest.
The memoir and the movie have been made possible by Chinese scattered across America. Their work has resulted in the creation of New Tang Dynasty Television, which is a 501c(3) nonprofit. It broadcasts 24/7 into mainland China via Freedom Satellite and internet anti-censorship platforms.
Not buying Chinese-made products will send a message of hope to beleaguered prisoners and to Chinese willing to demonstrate, at the risk of imprisonment, against the lack of freedom under which they live. A Christmas gift to NTD would go a long way to bringing more pressure to bear on the Chinese government to free its religious prisoners, who include Falun Gong, Buddhists and Christians.
NTD’s ability to bridge over China’s censorship barriers via the internet is beginning to awaken that population to the illegal practices of their government. Donations can be sent to New Tang Dynasty Television, 229 W. 28th Street, New York, NY 10001.
The bulk of political prisoners come from the ranks of the disciples of Falun Gong, a deep-rooted Asian tradition, which was taught privately until 1992, when it was introduced publicly to the Chinese people. Its rapid growth alarmed the Chinese Communist Party which saw it as a growing anti-government force, launching a vicious persecution which continues unabated to this day.