八年前，一九九九年七月二十日，我與幾千名法輪功學員一起被關押在北京石景山體育館內。那時候，我不知道這意味著一場二十一世紀最大規模的迫害已經開始； 我也不知這場迫害會持續八年之久。不過，當我看到如此多的學員被無辜關押的時候，我止不住自己的眼淚。也許是我更深層的生命預先感知，接下來所有的法輪功 學員將要經受的驚心動魄的一切，和他們將要表現出的非凡勇氣和壯舉。
Eight years ago, on July 20, 1999, I was detained in a sports stadium in Beijing with thousands of other Falun Gong practitioners. I did not know that this would mark the beginning of the largest scale of persecution in the 21st century; nor did I know that this persecution would last for as long as eight years. However, witnessing these thousands of innocent people detained like this, I couldn''''t help crying for a long time. Perhaps deep in my heart I had a premonition about exactly what Falun Gong practitioners would be forced to go through, and about the marvelous courage and magnificent deeds they would be capable of.
My instinct was not wrong. Indeed, what millions of Falun Gong practitioners have endured is unprecedented. To date, 3073 deaths have been confirmed and there have been unknown numbers subjected to forced organ removal, "grotesque form of evil new to this planet."
However, eight years of most severe persecution has not "defeated" Falun Gong. Around the world, Falun Gong continues to grow. It has spread to nearly 100 countries; its books translated into more than 30 languages. Encouraged and inspired by Falun Gong, people are increasingly uniting to protest the persecution. Millions have chosen to quit the Chinese Communist Party.
Throughout the Communist era in China, never before has any group been able to withstand the suppression of the Communist Party. Facing all the crises created by the Communist Party, including the ever-declining moral values, a critically endangered environment and ecological system, on the very edge of total collapse, non-existence of social justice, social welfare or sense of security, Chinese people are now regarding Falun Gong as the ultimate hope for China.
Sadly enough, for western governments and politicians, who have not had the "luxury" of direct persecution at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party, the so-called "rising China" is still a rosy delusion.
Eight years of human rights disaster; eight years of the immense sacrifices and arduous effort by Falun Gong practitioners should have opened their eyes and awakened their conscience long before this. Today, on the eighth anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong, I''''d like to stress again: by helping the Chinese people with their historical choice of abandoning the Chinese Communist Party, we are choosing a bright future for the world; conversely, if we continue to turn a blind eye to the party''''s evil, we are ruining our own future.