Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021

Northern California Falun Gong Practitioners Call for an End to 22-Year Persecution

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Hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners from Northern California held a rally and parade in San Francisco on July 17 to celebrate Falun Gong, a Chinese meditation and self-improvement discipline, and to raise awareness that it has been persecuted in mainland China since 1999. The timing comes in remembrance of the day the persecution began, which was July 20, 1999. This month marks 22 years since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, was first taught in public in China in 1992. It quickly became known for its health benefits and its three main principles: truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. It spread by word of mouth until tens of millions of people in China were practicing it. At that point, the CCP, fearing the enormous popularity of any group outside government control, launched the brutal nationwide persecution. Practitioners were harassed by the communist …

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