Street Parade in Korea: The Fa Exhibiting Its Mighty Virtue Amidst the Wind and Rain
(Clearwisdom.net) Maybe it was a time for the Heavens to shed tears. From early morning until 10:00am on July 22, Seoul was inundated in torrential rains. Nonetheless, it was in this rainstorm that a coach fully loaded with Dafa practitioners was heading rapidly towards Seoul. Dozens of Dafa practitioners from Pusan and Honam respectively were in their cars on their way to Seoul. The practitioners in the Seoul area determinedly went out of their homes in the wind and rain to go to Yeoeido Kwangjang.
At 11:00 am, there were almost two hundred Dafa practitioners who came one after another, in spite of the rain. Nobody ever thought that we could have so many practitioners gathering together.
At 12:00 o'clock, a dozen banners with words such as "Falun Dafa is the Righteous Fa" "Jiang Zemin, immediately stop persecuting Falun Gong," and "Indignantly denounce the crimes of killing Falun Gong practitioners in Harbin Wanjia Labor Camp" were unfurled in the square. The Dafa music was reverberating in the sky above the square. Two hundred Dafa practitioners simultaneously held up their hands to do the second set of exercises, regardless of the pouring rain and gusting wind. As on-lookers were opening their umbrellas or taking shelter from the rain, none of the practitioners left. Whether they were a 70-year old practitioner or a ten-year old child, they all finished the half an hour of wheel holding exercises.
The solemn and sacred atmosphere that was created by the two hundred practitioners who were peaceful and determined in the wind and rain made the on-lookers forget to whisper to each other or move around. After the exercises and the mourning activities were over in the Yeoeido Kwangjang, Dafa practitioners paraded across the bridge of Mapoku despite the wind and rain. After passing the Seoul train station, at 3:40pm, they reached the destination of Korea Bank. The whole parade covered six kilometers.
The Korea Bank is just across from the Chinese Consulate, and located in the busy Myungdong district. When the Dafa practitioners distributed the truth-clarifying materials in this area, it was more meaningful for the Fa-rectification.
They did the exercises and sent out the righteous thoughts in front of the Korea Bank until 5:00pm.
During this activity, there were many touching stories. In the wind and rain, no practitioner was perturbed. Even though several ten-year old practitioners finished the one-hour exercises, they did not get into the cars traveling with the parade, nor did a 70-year old practitioner, nor a young couple who carried their child on their back. They stayed with the line of the Fa-rectification in spite of the weather. Seeing this, the policemen could not help saying: "Falun Gong is really great!"
This activity obviously was very impressive and memorable to everyone. For the first time, the Seoul residents saw so many Dafa practitioners parading through the downtown area; for the first time, the officials from the departments concerned saw the "community" walking in good order despite the wind and rain. The government again witnessed the righteous atmosphere of the Dafa practitioners who were so peaceful in the parade. All this made the Korean government and people think: "Falun Gong practitioners are so kind-hearted and peaceful, is it necessary to suppress them? Is it bearable to persecute these kind-hearted people who have a conscience?"
This activity encouraged and motivated all the Dafa practitioners who participated in the July 22 Fa-rectification activities. Every one of us was greatly encouraged.
Last year on May 13, in the same place, there were only a little over twenty people. And now in the wind and rain, there came two hundred practitioners. Early this year, when we organized the practitioners to have a parade on the street, there were only dozens of people who covered a distance of eight hundred meters. And today, two hundred practitioners went past the bridge of Mapoku for six kilometers.
After this Fa-rectification activity on July 22, more and more people in the society heard about Dafa.
When the practitioners saw the tremendous changes during the past year, everyone could not help sighing with enthusiasm: Korea will have a bright future!