Zheng Yuyan | Minghui.org
July 1, 2017, marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China. About 60,000 people attended the parade opposing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Falun Gong practitioners participated in the event as in previous years, and were highly praised by Hong Kong residents for their courage in safeguarding their righteous beliefs during the past eighteen years since the beginning of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
The Falun Gong practitioner group was comprised of five sections: Bringing Justice to Hong Kong, Peacefully Opposing the Persecution, Say No to Chinese Communism, End the Persecution, and Falun Gong Is Good.
President Xi Jinping’s motorcade passed by when Falun Gong practitioners were holding group meditation in the central business district the day before. Kan believed Xi and his officers saw the group exercises and banners reading “Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice.”
Local Residents: “Communism Won’t Last Long”
Mr. Tseng left Guangdong Province for Hong Kong over four decades ago. Having witnessed the Culture Revolution and other political campaigns, he said he knew communism very well. He said, “The regime wants to control people, and it is vicious. One example was Jiang Zemin, who committed many crimes for personal gain.” He added, “The regime is corrupt and rotten to the core. Communism won’t last long.”
He agreed that Falun Gong practitioners should continue their belief despite the persecution. He said, “I can tell that more and more people in the world have accepted Falun Gong and have become its supporters. I am a Catholic, but I fully support Falun Gong.”
Mr. Li thanked practitioners for their participation, saying, “What you said presents our voice too. We all know that the communist regime should not be persecuting Falun Gong in the first place.” He said Jiang should be held responsible for his crimes.
Chinese Tourists: “I Truly Admire Falun Gong Practitioners”
Many Chinese tourists watching the parade said they were impressed. Ms. Long came to shop from Shenzhen City and said that she had never seen such a huge parade. She said that the CCP has spread defamatory propaganda about Falun Gong for many years. She said, “I like the freedom of speech in Hong Kong, because in mainland China, even if you are suppressed, you dare not to speak about it.”
Mr. Liu said communism claims to serve people, while what they do is quite the opposite. He said, “The system has produced a large number of corrupt officials. When people tried to appeal against this, they faced strong suppression.” He said for any government to be strong, officials have to care about people and gain their trust.
Mr. Zhang from Shenzhen City said he had come to Hong Kong several times. “I like their peaceful manner, their group meditation, and their clarification of the slanderous propaganda in mainland China.” He said that when safeguarding their belief, Falun Gong practitioners also help shape the community to become a better society. He remarked, “I truly admire Falun Gong practitioners.”