Tuidang participants join parade and rally for freedom on April 25th, 2015 in Flushing, NY[/caption] New York City, May 15, 2015 – Beginning at noon, a three hour splash of color will light up 42nd Street as almost 7,000 people celebrate World Falun Dafa Day in a parade stretching from 2nd to 11th Avenue. They will be joined by Tuidang participants who will hold a rally at Dag Hammarskjold Park at 47th Street and 1st Avenue at 10am. The parade will be the culmination of a week of activities happening around the five boroughs. Thousands of people from around the world are expected to converge on the city, often in their distinctive yellow Falun Dafa shirts, as they do each year to join celebrations. Practitioners in more than 100 countries celebrate May 13 every year, because it was on that day in 1992 that Falun Dafa was first introduced to the public. Millions of people around the world have benefitted from the teachings of Falun Dafa, finding something simple yet profound in the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance, which are the core of the practice. The parade will also mark the ongoing brutal repression of Falun Dafa practitioners in China. “Falun Dafa practitioners have shown remarkable resilience and creativity,” said David Tompkins an organizer of the parade. “They have found many ways to peacefully defy the Chinese Communist regime’s suppression of their belief. This parade is also a celebration of that resilience.” A rally shortly before the parade, held by Tuidang participants, will call for all Chinese people to renounce the Chinese Communist regime. The Tuidang movement surpassed 200 million participants in April 2015. Renouncing the Chinese Communist regime allows Chinese people to purge the fear that the regime uses to control and manipulate them.
|What:||Parade in Manhattan celebrating World Falun Dafa Day|
|Rally calling for freedom in China|
|Where:||Parade: 42nd Street from 2nd to 11th Avenue|
|Rally: Dag Hammarskjold Park at 47th Street & 1st Avenue|
|When:||Friday May 15th, 2015, Parade beginning at noon, Rally beginning at 10am|
|Media Contacts:||David Tompkins 347-399-9110 Rong Yi 347-618-8518|