Taiwan: "Great Wall of Falun Gong Exercises" during the "July 20" Commemorations in Taipei (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioners are fully aware of the significance of July 20. Many practitioners feel very emotional when discussing this date. Professor Hou Nian-chu of the Asian University in Taichung shed tears several times while he was speaking about July 20. He said, "Jiang [Zemin] and his gang from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started the persecution of almost one hundred million Falun Gong practitioners on this date. July 20 is a heavy and difficult date for Falun Gong practitioners. It is also a test of people's morality and conscience."
Falun Gong practitioners formed the "Great Wall of Falun Gong Exercises" in the Hsinyi District , as part of the "July 20" commemoration
Local residents supported Falun Gong practitioners in resisting the persecution by signing a petition calling for an end to the persecution of Falun
People signing a petition in support of Falun Gong
For nine long years, Falun Gong practitioners have endured the brutal persecution in China. During this ongoing persecution, practitioners have followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance when they clarify the facts and expose the CCP's atrocities. Mr. Hou said, "There are still many people who do not know the facts about the persecution. However, what is painful is that some people who have already known these facts have chosen to keep silent, indulge the evil, and even stand on the side of the evil, for the sake of their own interests."
Professor Hou Nian-chu of the Asian University in Taichung shed tears talking about the persecution
Mr. Hou continued, "The practitioners are trying to let even more people know the facts of the persecution for the benefit of these people. With one more person knowing the facts, the persecution may end one day earlier and this can really allow people have a wonderful future."
On July 20, 2008, a large number of Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan, wearing yellow shirts printed with "Falun Dafa is good," chose the streets near the Hsinyi District and the World Trade Center to hold "July 20" memorial activities. In the five sections of road - Songshou Road, Songzhi Road, and Xinyi Road-- over one thousand practitioners formed nine square formations of a "Great Wall of Falun Gong Exercises," several kilometers long. It was a spectacular scene. When the exercise music was played, the bustling city was suddenly enveloped in a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere. Busy local residents stopped to watch the exercises. Some of them asked how they could learn the exercises and many signed their names on the "Million Signature Campaign against the Persecution" board.
One person on a motorcycle said, while waiting for the traffic light to change, "Today I saw Falun Gong (practitioners) everywhere on Taipei's streets. I am amazed to see so many Falun Gong practitioners in Taipei. This magnificent scene seems to me like a big drama being played out. Keep up the good work, Falun Gong."
A practitioner whose last name is Wang works for the city government. She and her husband have cultivated Falun Dafa for six years. They often call people in Mainland China to tell them the facts about the persecution. She once called a 610 Office and clarified the facts to a high-level official there; she hoped that the official would not persecute practitioners. The official told her that all the practitioners detained there had been released. This news touched her and made her feel really happy.
A 78-year old practitioner collecting signatures to stop the persecution of Falun Gong
A 78-year-old practitioner whose last name is Hu was busily walking among the crowd. She was kind and had a rosy complexion. She smiled while asking people to sign their names. She said that she usually goes to Shimen Ting in Taipei to collect signatures from Monday to Friday. She said, in a happy voice, that this was the little contribution that she can make; she did not feel tired at all, and instead, she felt very happy.
A practitioner whose last name is Chen, holding her daughter, handed pedestrians paper lotus flowers with "Falun Dafa is good" bookmarks
A practitioner whose last name is Chen, holding her daughter in one of her arms, was happily giving pedestrians folded paper lotus flowers with "Falun Dafa is good" bookmarks. She indicated that many people still did not know the facts about the persecution and that she wanted to hurry up in letting more people know the facts. Ms. Chen is in the media business, so she usually uses the media format to clarify the facts about the persecution to people.
One older gentleman told the reporter, "I am not a Falun Gong practitioner, but I very much appreciate the spirit of Falun Gong. You can see that under the scorching sun, they are out on the street. Such a big group and so many people have come onto the streets. There are the elderly and children too. While watching them, I wondered about what made all these people gather in one place. It is the power of belief that has enabled so many people to get out onto the streets to appeal and call for justice for the Falun Gong practitioners who are being persecuted in China. [We should] protest the injustice Falun Gong has suffered, and protect the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance. I feel that these people are really great, really extraordinary. They have won people's admiration."
July 24, 2008