Sydney, Australia: Practitioners Join Annual City Festival in Blacktown
(Minghui.org) The Blacktown City Festival Week in Greater Western Sydney, Australia, concluded with the Parade Day on May 27. Local Falun Dafa practitioners joined the celebration with upbeat marching band music and drum performances highlighting Chinese traditional culture.
Mr. Edmond Atalla, Member of the New South Wales Parliament and former Deputy Mayor of Blacktown, complimented Falun Dafa practitioners as “an excellent group.” He said that he had seen Falun Dafa practitioners every year in this annual event since 2004 and appreciated the fact that practitioners had been a part of the city festival.
Over 70 community groups participated in the parade in the central business district of Blacktown.
Practitioners set up a stand in the street fair after the parade. They talked to people about human rights violations in China, and how Falun Dafa practitioners are deprived of basic rights and even incarcerated because of their beliefs.
Ms. Liu Ling, an Australian citizen and Falun Dafa practitioner, told visitors how her mother and sister were arrested in March because they refused to give up their beliefs in Falun Dafa. They are currently detained in a brainwashing center in the Xi'an area of China.
Ms. Byers signed the petition urging Australian legislative representatives to help end the atrocities in China. She shook her head, “Terrible, terrible!” Her middle school son Dylan also offered his signature and said that he had heard about the persecution, including the killing of Falun Dafa practitioners on demand for their organs.
Another woman named Ms. Edwards signed the petition and said, as did many others, that she would contact her representative to urge him to express concern about the persecution in China.