(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners held a parade in Montreal on July 9, 2022, to expose the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) atrocities and call on people to help end the 23-year-long persecution.

Dafa practitioners held a parade to condemn the CCP’s persecution on July 9, 2022.

Jiang Zemin, former head of the CCP, launched a nationwide persecution against Falun Dafa on July 20, 1999. Each year since then, Dafa practitioners around the world hold events to peacefully call attention to this persecution. 

The rally consisted of practitioners holding up banners and photographs that commemorated those persecuted to death for refusing to give up their spiritual belief. Banners read, “Falun Dafa Peacefully Resisting 23-Year-Long Persecution,” “Falun Dafa Is Good,” “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Is Good,” “Stop The Persecution of Falun Dafa,” “Stop CCP’s Forced Live Organ Harvesting,” “Disintegrate The CCP To Stop The Persecution,” “Quit The CCP and Its Youth Organizations To Stay Safe,” and, “390 Million Chinese People Have Quit The CCP and Its Youth Organizations.”

Falun Dafa practitioners held a parade to raise awareness of the ongoing persecution in China.

Practitioners mourn fellow practitioners persecuted to death by the CCP.

Many people stopped to watch the parade and said that the practitioners looked very peaceful, powerful, and touching. Some said they knew that practitioners are a group of compassionate people and that the CCP must end the persecution immediately. 

The parade ended at a park in Chinatown, where practitioners demonstrated the Falun Dafa exercises and continued clarifying the truth to people. They collected signatures on a petition to end the persecution. 

The Persecution of Compassionate People Must End Immediately

Practitioner Ms. Zhu Ying participates in the march and rally.

Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Zhu Ying said, “This persecution has deceived the whole world. The persecution is more brutal than anyone could imagine and forced live organ harvesting is still happening in China. Falun Dafa practitioners have always been peaceful, rational and persistent in clarifying the truth to people. This has never changed.”

Ms. Zhu started practicing Falun Dafa in 1996 after seeing the positive changes the practice brought her father, brother, and sister-in-law. Her father was once a high-ranking CCP official and had many ailments. After he began practicing Falun Dafa, he became healthy and his complexion was no longer pale and dull. He was energetic and had rosy cheeks. Out of curiosity, Ms. Zhu also began practicing Falun Dafa. 

Ms. Zhu’s father, who was over 80 years old at that time, was illegally detained at a police station for one night during the persecution. Not long after, he passed away. Ms. Zhu was arrested by Chinese customs officers when she traveled back to China in 2001. She was subsequently rescued by the Canadian government. Her mother, who is 90 years old, still lives in China and is constantly harassed by the CCP.

Ms. Zhu Ying said, “The principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are not only Falun Dafa’s principles but also the universe’s principles. The Three Character Classic, commonly known as San Zi Jing, states that humans at birth are naturally good. Compassion is human nature and the CCP is destroying human nature. The persecution of good people must stop immediately. Justice always prevails.”

Montreal Resident Moved to Tears: “This Genocide Needs to Stop”

Vera said, “The Falun Dafa parade is peaceful and calm. I am very touched by it.”

Vera, who lives in Montreal, said she was very touched by the parade. “I was in tears because practitioners look so peaceful and calm,” she said. “It is good to peacefully protest this persecution. This persecution is genocide and it needs to stop. Look at them [Falun Dafa practitioners]. Look at how compassionate they are. What practitioners are doing is beautiful and it is filled with love. I can definitely feel it.”

She agreed with the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. “These principles are what the world is lacking right now. Many bad things are happening in this world because we lack these principles.”

Bank Consultant: The Most Peaceful and Powerful Parade

Emma, a bank consultant, said, “Falun Dafa practitioners’ procession is peaceful and powerful.”

Emma, a bank consultant said, “This is the most peaceful and powerful rally I’ve ever seen. It is very peaceful and you don’t see this often. It also spreads a very powerful message. The forced live organ harvesting in China needs to end immediately.”

She also applauded Falun Dafa practitioners for exposing the CCP’s crimes of forced live organ harvesting. “We do not see anything in the media about forced live organ harvesting," Emma said. "No one talks about it so no one is aware of this situation. I am very happy to learn that Falun Dafa practitioners are spreading the truth about [this atrocity].”

Allen, who works for the government, said, “The officials and politicians are aware of Falun Dafa practitioners and the CCP’s brutal persecution. Falun Dafa practitioners are righteous and I give them my full support.”

Michel Berger, an artist from Drummondville, searched Falun Dafa on his phone after watching the parade. He said, “The CCP strips away a human’s basic rights of faith and speech. It is very important that practitioners are here today to raise awareness of the truth of Falun Dafa, which in turn protects our basic rights. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is the core of human nature. People are becoming more ego driven and lack tolerance. So Falun Dafa’s principles are increasingly important.”

Mike, a local resident, said that he often sees Falun Dafa practitioners’ events so he knows about the persecution. He said, “Practitioners are all good and brave people. The CCP’s forced live organ harvesting is terrible. I wish practitioners all the best. Justice will prevail.”

“Everyone should practice Falun Dafa.”

Alexander, a local resident, was interested in learning the practice.

Alexander, a local resident, said he enjoyed watching practitioners do the exercises, “I have been watching practitioners demonstrating the exercises here for many years. This practice can relax one’s body and Falun Dafa’s principles are great. Society these days needs these principles. I think that everyone should practice Falun Dafa.”