Volunteer at the Global Tuidang (Quit the Communist Party) Center participated in the annual Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing, New York. Thousands of people participated in this popular event.
The Global Tuidang Center entry featured a colorful phoenix float, a dragon dance, and waist drum and phoenix flag teams. Their entry encouraged people to quit the three communist organizations: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Youth League, and the Young Pioneers. Three hundred and nine Chinese people quit these organizations during the event.
Besides banners that had “Happy New Year” greetings, other banners read: “Chinese Culture Shines,” “Restore Traditional Values,” and “Awaken, Chinese People.” Volunteers from the Global “Quit the Party” Center wished spectators a fruitful New Year and a bright future free from Communism.
“Many cultures regard the phoenix as a symbol of rebirth,” said Ms. Yi Rong from the Tuidang Center. She said volunteers create a new theme for their float each year. “Every year, we celebrate Chinese New Year with the community and encourage people to quit the communist organizations. China will rise and be reborn like a phoenix after it gets rid of communism.”
Hundreds of people quit the CCP during the parade. As the procession passed, one group of people called out, “Falun Dafa is great! We support Falun Gong!” Practitioners handed them paper lotus flowers and helped them quit the communist organizations. Some said they had quit because they didn’t want to be implicated when the Communist Party was brought to justice. Others urged their friends to hurry up and quit.
Some Chinese had been paid to wave CCP flags and shout at the Tuidang Center’s entry. After practitioners told them about Falun Gong persecution in China, many of them accepted the lotus flowers and told volunteers, “We know following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good, but we were paid to wave these flags.” Some commented, “So many Western people practice Falun Gong! Your procession is so long! Their drums are powerful!”
Ms. Yi Rong said that she sincerely hopes people will realize that being patriotic about one’s country isn’t the same thing as loving the CCP and that they will pay attention to what practitioners are trying to tell them. She pointed out that people asked for paper lotuses even though they were waving the Party’s flags. She said, “We hope they take this opportunity to learn the truth. Since they’ve come to this land of freedom, we hope they will take advantage of this freedom and choose a bright future for themselves.”
The Global Tuidang Center was established in Flushing, NY, in early 2005. V