At the main protest against the G-20 in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept 25, Falun Gong marchers played calm, recorded music as they carried signs four lanes wide, some of which had gruesome photographs of people who’ve been mutilated and tortured. Kui Huang was one of the demonstrators. He urges people to “write to the president…and Congress” so as to get China to stop its persecution of Falun Gong, which includes not only imprisonment and torture, but also organ harvesting.

Stopping the atrocity against practitioners of Falun Gong will take a lot of public pressure in the United States because, as Huang said, “many officials in the U.S. are afraid of the Chinese government” and so are not inclined to make this an issue in nation to nation relations.

“Chinese media tell lies about Falun Gong.” said Huang, who was imprisoned for 5 years. But Huang said in an email a couple of weeks after the protests in Pittsburgh, " nowadays, more and more people in China who don't practice Falun Gong are starting to stand out to protest the persecution."

About his life in prison, he said “we worked slave labor, 15-16 hours a day…making plastic flowers and lights for Christmas trees. We were forced to open pistachio nuts…Our hands were bloody and blistered,” Huang said.

Huang traveled to Pittsburgh to be a part of the Falun Gong contingent of the G-20 protests. He lives in Columbus, where he is a graduate student at the Ohio State University. The connection between his life in prison and life here in the United States exists on the shelves of stores. “When I came to the USA, I saw the very same products we made in prison in Big Lots and at Walmart,” Huang said.

Amy Xue was standing next to Huang clarifying, from time to time, what he was saying. She spoke English more fluently than Huang. “They draw blood to see your type, to see if you can be used for transplants.”

For more than a decade, there have been accounts from numerous individuals and human rights groups, including Amnesty International, which indicate that Falun Gong prisoners of conscience have been put to death so that authorities can make large sums of money by selling their hearts, livers, kidneys and corneas to people who would have long waits for them in their home countries.

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