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A Deathly Commitment to Belief

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A Deathly Commitment to Belief
Imagine living in a country where practicing meditation could result in your death. For the people of China who follow Falun Gong, that is the case. Falun Gong is an ancient practice for the mind and body, it involves gentle movements and meditation. Although it seems harmless, the Chinese Communist Party would say otherwise. The Chinese Communist Party felt that Falun Gong was a waste, a menace to society, and pointless. After receiving criticism internationally they set out to rationalise themselves. So they enabled a backlash against all qigong practices, which were just meditation exercises like Falun Gong. This persecution is still going on today. The physical and mental torture that the people of Falun Gong receive by the Chinese Communist Party during their persecution is unjust and undeserved.
The practice of Falun Gong was introduced by Li Hongzhi in 1992. Unlike many other qigong practices taught before, rather than centering the practice around supernatural abilities or healing, it focuses on achieving spiritual perfection in yourself. Sadly, what was meant to be a healthy practice, turned into the mass torture and killing of innocent people. Although there is no true explanation behind exactly why the Chinese communist Party sought the death of these people, we can see that it was unlawful and wrong. The practice of Falun Gong was outlawed in 1999 and for the people who still chose to continue their exercises, the Chinese Communist Party expelled students for practicing Falun Gong, forced their admission into psychiatric hospitals without reason, and even put them through “re-education through labor” camps which mostly led to death. The death toll reaching 3553 confirmed deaths along wit...

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