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She was persecuted in China for years, simply because of her beliefs, and was able to escape with her family in January. Now Zhang Lianying finds herself in New York telling others about her story. On Sunday she joined a parade to support people who've decided to quit the Chinese Communist Party. Here's more.
Hundreds marched through the streets of Brooklyn, New York on Sunday (March 27). It was to celebrate the 91 million Chinese people who've publicly renounced the Chinese Communist Party or CCP. For Zhang Lianying, being at the parade was a special moment. This time last year she was suffering abuse at a labor camp in China because of her beliefs.
[Zhang Lianying, Persecuted in China]:
"At the Masanjia labor camp, the most cruel torture was when they would stretch you out by your limbs. After a year, my arms could not bend."
The parade on Sunday was part of what's known as the Tuidang movement. It literally means to "Quit the party"—that is, the Chinese Communist Party. The movement started in 2005, after The Epoch Times newspaper published an editorial documenting the CCP's crimes against the Chinese people.
Since then, volunteers —many who've been victims of the CCP's crimes—began urging Chinese people worldwide to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. That's why Zhang participated in the parade. As a Falun Gong practitioner, she experienced firsthand the brutalities of the CCP, in its ongoing persecution of the spiritual practice.
Zhang recounted her last arrest in 2008, just before the Beijing Olympics. Police took her as she was shopping with her young daughter.
NTD News, New York