Hong Kong: March to Commemorate Peaceful Appeal 14 Years Ago
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners gathered at King’s Road Playground in North Point on April 28 to hold a rally and march opposing the persecution of Falun Gong in China. The event commemorated the peaceful appeal 14 years ago on April 25. That day more than 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners went to Zhongnanhai [the central government compound] in Beijing to communicate with the leaders at the central government and ask them to allow a reasonable environment for the spiritual practice.
Many key political figures, scholars, and rights activists attended the event in
North Point or spoke through a recorded message to support the rally to end the persecution.
Many key political figures, scholars, and rights activists attended the event to support the rally to end the persecution.
Support from all walks of life to end the persecution
Mr. Kan Hung-cheung, spokesperson for the Hong Kong Falun Dafa Association, told the crowd at the rally what happened on April 25, 1999. He stressed that in the past 14 years, more and more people have understood the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong and that over 137 million Chinese people have publicly withdrawn from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. “We demand the authorities in Hong Kong stop persecuting Falun Gong and stop Jiang Zemin’s gang from crossing the border and committing crimes,” Kan said.
Albert Ho Chun-yan, a legislator and chairman of the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, condemned the CCP’s relentless persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, “Many were detained, tortured, or had their organs harvested for sale. All of which is despised by any civilized society.” Ho also exposed the Hong Kong Youth Care Association's violence in harassing, provoking, and assaulting the practitioners. He believed that the CCP was behind all of it, “I have repeatedly told the Hong Kong police that the [Youth Care Association’s] activities disrupted social peace and should not be allowed.”
Ms. Teresa Chu, spokesperson for Falun Dafa Human Rights Lawyers, spoke via telephone at the rally. She called on lawyers around the world to join the trial of Jiang and members of his regime who participate in the persecution of Falun Gong. “Let’s get ready for the big trial of the culprits of the savage persecution—Jiang Zemin and his followers.
Grand march amazes the bystanders
The rally ended at 2 p.m. and hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners set off from the King’s Road Playground. The Divine Land Marching Band led the parade and played many pieces of majestic marching music. The parade passed busy streets on the island and drew the attention of a mass crowd.
The parade begins with the majestic music from Falun Dafa’s Divine Land Marching Band.
Worried about their malicious conduct being exposed, members of the Youth Care Association interfered with the rally by playing through loud speakers slanderous phrases. When the parade started, the Youth Care Association mobilized about ten vehicles to disrupt the parade. Its members stood among the crowd and shouted malicious remarks at the practitioners in the parade in an attempt to prevent the bystanders from learning the truth of Falun Gong.
Regardless of the harassment, crowds gathered along the route of the parade to get a better look at it and many were busy taking pictures. Some mimicked the movements of the Falun Dafa exercises.
The grand march draws the attention of a mass crowd and many are busy taking pictures.
Practitioners who benefit from the practice want to share it with others
Falun Dafa practitioners Ms. Wu Qin (upper left), Mr. Wang Ming (upper right), Mr. Hu Yafa (lower left), and Ms. Wu Jinyun (lower right) have the same wish as all practitioners: to promote the beauty of Falun Dafa and to stop the unlawful persecution.
The activity to commemorate what happened on April 25, 14 years ago, and to protest the illicit persecution ended at 5 o’clock that afternoon when the parade reached the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government. The practitioners participating in the event came from all walks of life with different life experiences. Nonetheless, all of them benefited profoundly in the practice of Falun Dafa and have the same wish—to promote the beauty of Falun Dafa and to end the illegal persecution as soon as possible.
Mr. Wang Ming used to have high blood pressure and was paralyzed on the right side of his body. After he learned Falun Dafa, he was no longer paralyzed and he could walk fast and steady for hours. “A month after I began the practice, I could walk around to deliver fliers and attend Falun Dafa activities. I want to tell everyone that Falun Dafa is good,” said Mr. Wang.
A year ago Ms. Wu Qin had inflamed irises and could barely see. The medicine hurt her eyes terribly but she could not stop taking it because otherwise she would go blind. The medicine brought side effects such as loss of sleep, stomach pain, and loss of hair.
She learned the Falun Dafa exercises in front of the Hung Hom Station and immediately her eyes stopped hurting. “From then on I did not need to use one drop of the medicine and I could see clearly. I cried every time I did the exercises, I knew that I was so lucky.”
Mr. Hu Yafa had a bad temper before he practiced Falun Dafa. He has been a practitioner for ten years. Now he is no long angry and gave up his bad habit of gambling. He’s healthy and feeling relaxed.
Ms. Wu Jinyun came from a big family. The family matters and quarrels often made her feel wronged and suppressed. After she practiced Falun Dafa, she treated every one kindly. Gradually her family life became more harmonious and her family members were supportive of her practice.