Singapore: Rally Commemorates 11 Years of Protesting the Persecution of Falun Gong (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) Despite the rain, Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in Hong Lim Park on July 20, 2010, commemorating 11 years of protesting the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Just as other practitioners have been doing around the world, they drew attention to the Chinese Communist Party's eleven years of brutal persecution and called for people from all walks of life to help bring an end to the persecution.
The rally started at 4:00 pm. The Divine Land Band and the Waist Drum Troupe performed, followed by a demonstration of the Falun Gong exercises.
A representative of the Falun Dafa Association read a statement recounting practitioners' 11-year-long journey of enduring tribulation and safeguarding their freedom of belief. The statement also called for everyone in Singapore to learn more about the persecution and stand on the side of justice.
Falun Gong practitioner Mrs. Zhuo has been actively exposing the persecution. She said they would continue their work until the last day of the persecution. She also said, "The Singapore government has a lot of restrictions. I am anxious because many people in Singapore haven't learned about Falun Dafa."
Passersby slowed down and stopped to observe the rally. Some took print materials to read. Others read the display boards. Still others took pictures. Some talked with Falun Gong practitioners and expressed their interest in learning Falun Gong.
A tourist from Mainland China was very shocked to see the Falun Gong rally. Practitioners told him how Falun Dafa has been embraced around the world, about the CCP's crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, and the 77 million withdrawals from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. He was very surprised to learn these facts and quit the Young Pioneers he had joined many years ago.
The candlelight vigil started to solemn music at 7:00 p.m. Falun Gong practitioners held pictures of the persecution victims. The solemn and respectful atmosphere made for a very touching scene.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline for mind and body. The practice involves slow, gentle movements and meditation. It is easy to learn, enjoyable to practice, and free of charge. Its principles are based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The practice began in China in 1992 and quickly spread by word of mouth throughout China and then beyond. Its beneficial effects in uplifting an individual's physical, mental, and spiritual health, not to mention its positive influence in the community and society as a whole, have been undeniable. In fact, Falun Gong is practiced by over 100 million people in 60 countries. The main works of Falun Gong are available in over 30 languages.
On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a brutal persecution of Falun Gong. Since the start of the persecution, Falun Gong practitioners throughout the world have been constantly speaking out about the truth of Falun Gong and exposing the CCP's crimes in a tireless effort to end the persecution.