More than 200 Falun Gong practitioners participated in the National Independence Day Parade in the U.S. capital, fielding the Tian Guo Marching Band, a beautiful float, and a giant festive birthday cake balloon. Participating in this celebration of freedom was particularly poignant for many of the practitioners, some of whom suffered persecution in China for their faith or lost loved ones to the 20-year persecution.
The San Francisco Falun Dafa group's Tian Guo Marching Band stood out as the only marching band in the “The Rose, White and Blue Parade” in San Jose on the 4th of July in celebration of America's Independence Day. The parade organizer commended the group's performance and the Falun Dafa principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. She said, "These values can hold the country together.”
Police brutality was involved in many of the arrests. A woman in Hebei Province was beaten so severely that she lost her front teeth, her nose was broken, and she passed out. In Yunnan Province, another woman was physically restrained and given unknown drugs that caused hallucinations. Mr. He Lifang died in police custody on July 3, only weeks after his latest arrest.
Spectators praised the Falun Dafa group for their powerful music, traditional costumes, and positive message. “I'm so proud and happy they're here!” said one of the parade organizers.
"If everyone embraced [Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance], the world would be a better place!” said the parade host.
Over the course of the two-day festival, dozens of people, including the mayor of the municipality that hosted the event, enjoyed the Falun Gong exercises.
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