Falun Dafa practitioners celebrated over 340 million people withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with a parade along Brooklyn’s eighth avenue – one of New York city’s three largest Chinese neighborhoods.
The grand parade passed through Chinatown’s busiest streets – from 68th street to 42nd street. Hundreds of banners, flags, and huge display boards introduced the practice and exposed the brutal persecution in China to the public.
The parade was colorful and vibrant with uplifting music from drums and trumpets. Despite a light drizzle, crowds lined both sides of the street.
During the parade, 500 Chinese Withdraw from the CCP
Due to the persistent efforts of volunteers who tell people the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party, over 340 million Chinese citizens have chosen to withdraw from it and its youth organizations. Since the beginning of 2005, a Tuidang “quit the CCP” booth was set up on 61 st St, Eighth Avenue. For 14 years, volunteers at the booth have persuaded many Chinese people to renounce the Communist regime.
During the parade, volunteers from the Quit the CCP Center talked to people about the crimes against humanity committed by the regime and encouraged them to withdraw from the Party. Roughly five hundred Chinese citizens agreed to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. The volunteers said that more people withdrew this year compared to prior years. Many people took fliers while watching the parade.
Calling for the Perpetrators to Be Brought to Justice
A section of the parade was devoted to exposing China’s forced organ harvesting crimes, in particular, the removal of detained Falun Gong practitioners’ organs without consent for sale to transplant patients. They called for an end to these atrocities as well as the release of all imprisoned practitioners.
Lu Caiyun from Qinhuangdao City in Hebei Province held a banner with the words “Stop persecuting Wang Haiyan.” Wang Haiyan is Ms. Lu’s sister-in-law. Ms. Wang was tortured in prison. When her family visited her in prison, she could not recognize them or speak. Ms. Lu called on the international community to help release Wang Haiyan.
A large sign with the words “Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice” was especially eye-catching. According to the Minghui website, to date, 4,363 Falun Gong practitioners are confirmed tortured to death and at least 200,000 practitioners and family members who have been victimized by the persecution have filed lawsuits against former Party leader Jiang Zemin for crimes against humanity. An estimated 320,000 people in 35 countries have submitted criminal complaints to China’s Supreme Court and Supreme Procuratorate and to bring Jiang Zemin to justice.
Joining Falun Dafa in China despite the persecution
Mr. Niu, a local resident who recently came to the U.S. from China took a photo with the dragon from the dragon dance performance. He said more and more people in China have a positive opinion of Falun Dafa despite the government’s attempts to vilify the practice. He has friends back in China who have secretly started practicing it at home despite the persecution because they know it’s good.