Activists Protest Chinese Government During Obama-Xi Visit in Valley
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CREATED Jun. 7, 2013
RANCHO MIRAGE- A group of Falun Gong practitioners and Tibetan activists held a big rally in Rancho Mirage before China's President, Xi JinPing and U.S. President Barack Obama made their way into the Valley.
"We are here to call on President Obama to take a stand on the human rights atrocities that are happening inside Tibet and to put a stop to China's oppressive rules on the Tibetans," expressed one of the organizers of the Tibet rally, Tenzin Gyaltsen. He and 20 others arrived at 2AM from San Francisco to relay their message.
"There's been a lot of restrictions, like there's no religious freedom, no freedom of speech and human rights violations," added Gyaltsen. "People are tortured for speaking out their minds."
Since 1950, Tibetans have struggled to regain their freedom from China. Another group of people at the rally was Falun Gong practitioners. Falun Gong is a spiritual movement that involes meditation.
"The presidents might be talking about cyber-security and North Korea, but they need to know that there are other very important issues that they should be concerned about and if it's not talked about today, it needs to be very soon," said a Falun Gong practitioner from Los Angeles, Albert Roman.
Falun Gong discipline is banned in China. In 1999, the Chinese government started persecuting those practicing it.
"You can't ignore genocide, that's what's happened," said Roman.
Leaders from both groups are asking for Chinese leaders to stop oppressing their people because of their beliefs.