At the request of Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, two United States flags flew over the U.S. Capitol on May 13, 2020 to honor Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong.
May 13 was the 21st World Falun Dafa Day and the 28th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction, as well as Master Li’s birthday.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick also issued a special recognition in honor of Mr. Li and World Falun Dafa Day.
Falun Gong is an ancient practice that was first taught publicly in China on May 13, 1992. Nearly 100 million people across China have since embraced Falun Gong and its core principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to enjoy happy, health, more purposeful lives.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and issued an order to ban Falun Gong on July 20, 1999.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.
Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems, and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Gong.
Nevertheless, Falun Gong practitioners continue to raise awareness of the persecution and spread the grace of the spiritual belief across the world.