Basketball player Enes Kanter Freedom believes it’s time for the world to “wake up” and take action in the face of a belligerent communist China persecuting its own people and exporting its abuses to other parts of the world.
“We need to wake up, the world needs to wake up,” he told NTD, an affiliate of The Epoch Times. “And I feel like condemning is not good enough—we need to take some solid actions.”
Freedom made these remarks after a roundtable hosted by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in Washington on March 29, where Simon Zhang, an adherent of the spiritual practice Falun Gong, shared about the recent loss of his mother at the hands of the communist regime due to her faith.
The woman, Ji Yunzhi from Inner Mongolia, had been twice detained previously in 2001 and 2008, the year Beijing held its first Olympic Games, narrowly escaping death in forced labor camps.
But amid her third detention, the 65-year-old died on March 21 after being subjected to torture. The death was less than 50 days after she was put in detention over nothing else but her belief in the spiritual practice Falun Gong.
The spiritual discipline, featuring the core tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, as well as a set of meditative exercises, was hugely popular in China during the 1990s. Deeming this a threat, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a nationwide elimination campaign in 1999. Since then, adherents have been heavily persecuted, with millions being thrown into various detention facilities.
Family members were denied access to Ji’s body after her death, but they were able to briefly observe that her throat was cut open and there were bloodstains on her face and shoulders, according to Minghui, a U.S.-based clearinghouse for first accounts on the persecution targeting the belief.
Her relatives believe that authorities deliberately prevented access to Ji’s body to cover up their abuses. Such treatment is commonly experienced among relatives of persecuted Falun
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