Falun Gong Practitioners Hold "Journey of Fa Rectification" Grand Parade in San Francisco (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) Minghui.Net correspondent Kelly Huang reports from San Francisco: On February 27, 2005, nearly 2,000 Falun Gong practitioners from across the world held a grand parade with the theme, "Journey of Fa Rectification" in San Francisco. The participants were from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea and other Asian countries, as well as European countries such as Germany, Russia, France, and Iceland.
At around 7 a.m., practitioners went to the Justin Herman Plaza to take part in large-scale group exercises. At around 12:10 p.m., the parade set off. Along Washington Street, the parade passed through San Francisco's Chinatown and Stockton Street, and concluded at Union Square in the shopping center area.
The waist drum troupe led the procession with full of power and grandeur. Practitioners brimmed with energy and vitality and the sound of the drums awakened people's goodness and justice.
Falun Gong procession
Falun Dafa Book exhibit
Fa rectifies the universe
Coming for you
Falun Dafa is great
Falun Dafa is widely spread in more than 60 countries around the world
Falun Gong exercise demonstration
Waist drum troupe with full of power and grandeur
According to one of the parade coordinators, Mr. Lu Hui, this parade was meant to tell people that Falun Dafa is great. The main text of Falun Dafa, the book Zhuan Falun has been translated into more than 20 languages and distributed around the world. Since Falun Dafa was introduced to the public in China, it rapidly spread to the entire country because of its miraculous health benefits. At present, Falun Dafa is practiced in more than 60 countries around the world and its practitioners are from different nationalities.
Mr. Lu Hui stated that Falun Dafa has been warmly received around the world. Unfortunately, out of his jealousy, Jiang Zemin abused the entire state apparatus and exhausted all kinds of evil means to persecute Falun Gong practitioners in China, in an attempt to force them to give up their belief in Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. Up to now, 1418 Falun Gong practitioners including an 8-month baby, women and senior citizens are verified to have died from the persecution.
Mr. Lu also said that the persecution has lasted for almost six years. Because of the Chinese Communist regime's deceptive propaganda, many overseas Chinese people have been misled and do not understand Falun Dafa. San Francisco is one region where many Chinese people live. Through this series of large-scale activities, we hope to let more people--especially the Chinese people residing in the San Francisco Bay area--learn more about Falun Dafa.
Mr. Lu continued, "We also held live reenactments of some of the torture methods used against practitioners in China. The tortures suffered by women practitioners are especially cruel. A number of Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured to death. As a result, their children were forced to become homeless. Therefore, we wish that kind-hearted people could help rescue these orphans."
Mr. Lu pointed out that because Jiang Zemin has committed countless crimes, Falun Gong practitioners have filed lawsuits against him for torture, crimes against humanity, and genocide in 15 countries. His accomplices have also been sued by practitioners in about 30 countries. As people learn more and more about Falun Gong, the voices of justice to appeal for an end to this bloody suppression have become stronger and stronger.
Live reenactment of torture methods
Commemorating fellow practitioners who were tortured to death
Calling to bring Jiang Zemin to justice
Demanding the perpetrators of the persecution of Falun Gong be brought to justice
Calling to help rescue children whose parents have died in the persecution of Falun Gong in China
Calling to rescue Charles Lee
Allan, a police officer in charge of the security and
order for the parade told practitioners at the end of the parade, "You are the
most peaceful procession of the numerous parades that I've ever seen. Other
processions are often yelling and shouting. Your procession is so long and can
be compared favorably with the San Francisco Lunar New Year Parade. From the
beginning to the end, you've been so peaceful!" Allan said, "No matter how many
times you want to hold parades, we are willing to lead the way and maintain order
When the parade passed through Chinatown, a great number of Chinese people stopped to watch. Some people followed the song "Falun Dafa is good" and hummed. Some couldn't help sighing in a low voice, "Wow, such a long procession."
One lady couldn't stop applauding when watching the parade. When this reporter interviewed her, she said, "I don't practice Falun Gong, but I absolutely support Falun Gong, because those who practice Falun Gong are all good people. I believe that Falun Gong is righteous Fa. Today, I saw so many good people who practice Falun Gong and they gave so many wonderful performances. There are also children and people from different countries among them. They are really trying to eliminate human's evil nature and improve their xinxing. You are spreading the best Buddha Fa and Buddha principles in the human world, and therefore, I absolutely support Falun Gong."
A young man from Vietnam told a practitioner, "We are from a communist country. We understand that the communist party is really bad. It does not allow people to enjoy the freedom of belief."
Upon seeing the procession with theme, "Bring Jiang to Justice," some spectators said, "He is really bad and bad people should be punished!"