I picked up my younger daughters from school today, one of the many benefits of the new world of WFH. Their school is next to the Chinese Embassy on Portland Place. Opposite the embassy, 24 hours a day, rain or shine, there's a follower of Falun Gong quietly meditating on the pavement, protesting against the widespread killing and torture of his brethren by the Chinese state.

This afternoon there were several of them. Some were meditating.

Falun Gong

Some were waving flags and chanting.

Falun Gong

How it must have irked those inside the embassy, so obsessed with face. Remember the ridiculous ambassador earlier this year at a press conference, a picture of the Great Wall behind him, roundly abusing the West for criticising the Chinese government's secrecy over Covid and maintaining that it was nothing more than a sniffle? How's that working out for you, your Excellency?

The girls wanted to know what the commotion was about. Cue a lecture on the wickedness of the Chinese Communist Party and the importance of the right to peaceful protest. I stopped short of mentioning the pretty reasonable demands of a group that just wants to be left to meditate and exercise in peace rather than being locked up and butchered, their organs harvested for the families and friends of senior members of the party.

A lady walked up and down the pavement handing out leaflets. Everyone took them. She asked that anyone who had influence please use it to promote the cause. So I do. Here's the website. Please do what you can to bang the drum.




President Xi 01 October 20 21:57

You’re in trouble now Matthew! Don’t you poke the panda. Will have to send you to a re-education camp along with Winnie The Pooh. 

Casual observer 02 October 20 11:05

Falun Gong has been a regular fixture across the road from the embassy for some time.  Recently joining them have been protestors for the Uyghur minority from Xinjiang in Western China.  Expect more protests tocome.

KT 02 October 20 19:19

I first found out about this in 2014 and was blown away, then decided to read all I could about it. It's absolutely terrible what the CCP has been doing to their own people and people of faith.

I've met and talked with many people who do the practice. Truly kind and wonderful people. 

Sinri T Masson 03 October 20 08:05

Thank you for highlighting this very important, often neglected, subject. 

With the eyes of the world on China these days, due to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Covid, it remains perplexing how the Genocide of Falun Gong practitioners (ongoing for over 20yrs) is unreported. 

If you would like to know more, please watch the following documentary:



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