(Minghui.org) The Tian Guo Marching Band paraded through the streets in Ansan, a city with the largest ethnic Chinese population in South Korea, on the morning of June 19, 2022. Many spectators praised the band and said the music was uplifting and beautiful.

The Tian Guo Marching Band held a parade in Ansan, South Korea on June 19, 2022. 

Drawn by the resonant music, many people came out of stores and took photos and videos of the parade. Some followed the parade procession. Many ethnic Chinese said they were moved by the band’s performances and they gave the band thumbs-up.

One person exclaimed, “Their music is wonderful! It makes me feel great!” 

“Such a large band! Falun Dafa is great,” another spectator said.

A Chinese man said, “I didn’t know that so many people in South Korea practice Falun Dafa!”

Practitioners distributed introductory flyers about Falun Dafa and paper lotus flowers along the parade route, and told people about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. Many local residents said they were interested in learning more. 

Members of the band held a group exercise session at the Ansan Subway Station after the parade.

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.

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.

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.