(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners held a parade on December 26, 2021, to introduce the spiritual practice and expose the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. The parade started at two o’clock in the afternoon. With the Tian Guo Marching Band leading the way, the parade departed from Higashi Ikebukuro Central Park and wound through the bustling streets of Ikebukuro City.
Local people expressed support and they hoped it would help more people learn about Falun Dafa and the persecution. Some people signed the petition against the CCP’s persecution and said they hope to stop the CCP’s organ harvesting, which is a crime against humanity.
The practitioners had a group photo before the parade and wished Master Li, the founder of Falun Dafa, happy New Year.
Practitioners encouraged local Chinese to quit their memberships in the CCP and its organizations. They held banners worded “Falun Dafa is good,” “Falun Dafa spreads over 100 countries,” “The CCP does not equal to China,” and “Over 380 million Chinese people quit the CCP and its organizations.”
The parade drew many passersby as it passed through prosperous neighborhoods in Ikebukuro—most have large Chinese populations. People accepted fliers from practitioners to learn about Falun Dafa and the CCP’s persecution.
Mr. Ogawa, who lives in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, noticed the parade in Higashi-Ikebukuro Central Park. When a practitioner told him about the CCP’s organ harvesting, he was appalled and said, “I have never heard of it before.”
He praised the practitioner’s parade and said, “I think this is a meaningful event. I hope the message of this event can be spread and let more people understand. I support your efforts.”
Mr. Suzuki happened to be sightseeing in Ikebukuro and saw the parade. He walked to the front to read the banners and see what the parade was about. When a practitioner told him about the CCP’s organ harvesting, Mr. Suzuki choked up and said, “I feel very sad. I wish to do something for you.”
Ms. Truc, a Vietnamese practitioner, said, “It is very cold today, but I am happy to be able to participate in the parade. Falun Dafa is so good. I wish to tell everyone about Falun Dafa and how wonderful it is.”
Ms. Nguyen Thao Vi, a Vietnamese practitioner, said, “This is the second parade I’ve participated in. I am very grateful to Master. Thank you Master.”
Background: What Is Falun Dafa?
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings—which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance—and learned the five exercises have experienced improved health and well-being.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, issued an order to ban the practice.
Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 22 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.
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