Canada: Practitioners Rally in Montreal's Chinatown to Commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the Zhongnanhai Appeal (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) At 5 pm on April 26, Falun Dafa practitioners in Montreal rallied at the Zhongshan Park in the center of Chinatown to solemnly commemorate the grand peaceful appeal held by more than 10,000 practitioners on April 25, 1999, which shocked the country and amazed the whole world. In the Zhongshan Park, a banner imprinted with words, "Commemorating the Fourth Anniversary of the 4.25 Peaceful Appeal Participated by 10,000 Practitioners" was hung. Many truth-clarifying posters were displayed along the pavement. The continuous spring rain since the early morning stopped just before the activity began. Besides the beautiful group practice site, the originally hasty passersby also stopped their steps, some looked at the posters, some watched the exercise demonstration, some took photos, and some even started learning the exercises on the spot. This presented an entirely new appearance in the Chinatown which has been fed up with the influence due to SARS. Both Chinese and people from other nationalities who passed by appeared to be very friendly. Almost all people were willing to accept Dafa truth-clarifying materials that practitioners gave out.
During intervals between the set times when practitioners all over the world simultaneously sent forth righteous thoughts, practitioners performed the Falun Gong exercises. Several practitioners reviewed in Mandarin, Cantonese and English the magnificent peaceful appeal participated by 10,000 practitioners four years ago. They pointed out: Four years ago, practitioners went to the Appeal Office of the Chinese State Department to call for an end to the illegal interference with and persecution of Falun Gong and requested the authorities to allow them to have a peaceful practice environment and to release all practitioners who were wrongfully detained. They used the most peaceful way to appeal, which manifested their selfless and noble realm and their great righteousness of speaking the truth in face of the might. Over the past four years, Falun Gong practitioners all over the world have used the same peaceful way to call for an end to the persecution. Their purpose is to explain the facts that Falun Dafa teaches people to follow the principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance and to expose the Jiang regime's deceiving lies and cruel persecution. We will continue to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa and to expose the Jiang regime's viciousness in persecuting the kind people. Carrying compassion in our hearts, we wish all kind-hearted people will learn about the truth and hence obtain a wonderful future.
In their speeches, practitioners also revealed that Jiang regime's covering up the true situation of the spread of the SARS epidemic caused the wide spread of the disease in both China and many other countries in the world. They further exposed the evil nature of the regime in concealing the truth and putting public health at stake. Practitioners reminded people to learn about the truth and keep away from lies.