May has been a busy month for Falun Gong practitioners. Besides holding celebrations for the 20th annual World Falun Dafa Day and founder Master Li Hongzhi's birthday, practitioners have also participated in various community events and other activities throughout the world. From a community festival in Miaoli, Taiwan to a peaceful protest in Oslo, Norway, practitioners share the beauty of Falun Gong and raise awareness of the persecution in China.
From the Caucasus to Siberia, in the Far East and in the south, Russian Falun Dafa practitioners did the exercises together, danced and sang, and played the waist drums in honor of World Falun Dafa Day. One event organizer said their performances were “truly wonderful.” “This is so special and so amazing!” exclaimed a woman who was moved to tears as Falun Dafa practitioners passed by her in their golden outfits.
April 25 was the 20th anniversary of Falun Gong practitioners' peaceful gathering outside the National Appeals Office in Beijing in 1999 to seek the release of several practitioners unjustly arrested days before. It has become a politically sensitive date for the communist regime, and police often arrest practitioners on a large scale around this time every year. Several group arrests were reported across China this April, and two practitioners died as a result of police harassment.
The Falun Gong parade entries delighted spectators in Rockville, Maryland and Falls Church, Virginia. Many appreciated learning about the persecution in China and were supportive of efforts to bring it to an end.
Many tourists stopped by to learn more about the Falun Gong meditation practice and the persecution in China.
Pilgrims from India and beyond travel to Bodh Gaya for the holiday of Buddha Purnima, where Buddha Shakyamuni reached enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Practitioners visited the town in May to introduce Falun Dafa during this special holiday.
~ Accounts of Persecution ~
~ People in China Awaken to the Truth ~
~ Young Practitioners' Experiences ~
~ Experience Sharing Conferences ~
Death Toll Reaches Genocidal Proportions
Estimates put the number who have perished as a result of persecution at over one million.
Organ Harvesting Atrocities
Evidence suggests over 60,000 killed for their organs in an illicit state-sanctioned organ trade.
A Fundamental Misconception
Chinese state media reports falsely claim that practicing Falun Gong has led to 1,400 deaths.
Self-Immolation: An Elaborate Hoax
A 2001 TV broadcast of people setting themselves on fire was actually a propaganda ploy.
April 25 Peaceful Appeal
The most peaceful protest in history is called a 'siege' by top party brass
Prosecuting Jiang Zemin
Bringing the prime culprit in the persecution to justice
More Basic Truths
A primer on the web of lies upon which the persecution was built
Learn About Falun Dafa
An advanced practice of self-cultivation freely available to all