IN 2018, on October 1, China’s National Day, Falun Gong practitioners and supporters gathered for a rally and march to raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong, a mind and body practice that has been persecuted in China since 1999.
While calling for justice, rally participants also celebrated the 300 million brave Chinese men and women who quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliates to take a stance against the regime’s crimes.
Ms. Yi Rong, person-in-charge of the Tuidang movement, the Global Service Center for Quitting the CCP, said, “On October 1, 1949, the CCP officially stole the political power and systematically destroyed the traditional Chinese culture and virtues. It persecuted and slaughtered its people, harvested organs from them to profit from illegal transplants. It completely lost the legitimacy of governance.” She called on people from all walks of life to support the movement of quitting the CCP.
Former Hong Kong lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung spoke at the rally. He said that when the CCP launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, it claimed that Falun Gong was the only group they suppressed. “Now it is clear that the CCP targets all groups of faith, as it demolishes churches and tears down crosses and incarcerates the Uyghurs,” said Leung, who urged the people to stand up for all persecuted groups.
Many Hong Kong legislators recorded their messages to show their support for the rally and the practitioners. Wu Chi-wai, chairman of Democratic Party and a member of the Legislative Council, paid tribute to the practitioners’ 19-year-long efforts to end the persecution. He also acknowledged the positive effect of the trend of quitting the CCP, “It is reflective of how (300 million people) have seen through the CCP’s lies and propaganda.”
The march of nearly 1000 practitioners and supporters set off after the rally, led by the by the Tian Guo Marching Band. The Waist Drum Team and the Flag Team drew the attention of many spectators as well. During the march and rally, many Chinese people showed support by withdrawing their memberships in the CCP and its affiliates.