Cai Ju | Minghui
Nearly a thousand Falun Gong practitioners and Tuidang volunteers from the greater New York area participated in a parade on Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn, led by the 160-member Tian Guo Marching Band.
The volunteers have been telling the public about the brutal persecution in China for twenty years.
Chinese spectators expressed happiness to see the parade through their community. “It’s exciting,” Ms. Wu said, “You cannot see it in China. It’s great that Falun Gong can freely make their voices heard here.”
Ms. Dong Yanxin said, “When I was younger, I believed the Chinese government and misunderstood Falun Gong. Now, I know that Falun Gong practitioners are good and kind people.”
When asked if she wanted to quit the Chinese Communist Party and its youth organizations, she said, “The Communist Party persecutes a lot of people of faith. I was a member of the Young Pioneers, and now I quit.”
Li Xiang, a young man who moved to the U.S. from China two years ago, said he didn’t know much about Falun Gong but is interested in reading more about it. “The march shows portraits of people who were tortured to death,” he said, “It is wrong to persecute good people.”
During the march, practitioners passed out more than 2,000 flyers introducing Falun Gong. More than 400 Chinese quit the Communist Party and its youth organizations.