Japanese Falun Gong Practitioners Commemorate the April 25 Peaceful Appeal

(Minghui.org) A march  for Falun Gong was held near the Asakusa Kannon Temple, a famous tourist spot in Tokyo, on April 16, 2017, to commemorate the upcoming 18th anniversary of the April 25 Peaceful Appeal, and raise awareness of the persecution of the meditation practice in China.

On April 25, 1999, approximately 10,000 practitioners peacefully appealed to the Chinese government in Beijing after the illegal arrests of fellow practitioners in Tianjin City. Three months later the campaign of human rights abuses officially began.

The event in Tokyo started with an exercise demonstration in the morning at a local park. The march was led by the local Tian Guo Marching Band, founded ten years ago by Falun Gong practitioners.

Exercise demonstration.

Falun Gong march near Asakusa Kannon Temple

The march attracted many tourists, and also reminded many Chinese of the appeal 18 years prior, which marked the beginning of Falun Gong’s courageous peaceful resistance against the Communist Party’s persecution.

A group of practitioners passed out materials during the march and talked to spectators on the street, informing them about the persecution and what Falun Gong is. Many tourists signed a petition to support Falun Gong.

Tellingpeople about the persecution.

Tourist signs petition condemning the persecution.

One gentleman said he used to live in Shanghai, and was well aware of the persecution. “The suppression of belief is insane,” he said. “You have done a great job raising awareness.”

Mr. Hiragana, a Japanese businessman, said to practitioners, “I went to Beijing last year. One of my Chinese friends told me his wife was arrested because of her Falun Gong belief. She has been jailed for five years.”

“My friend supports Falun Gong and loves his wife. I was very sad to see his family suffer. This persecution must be stopped.”

Mr. Hiragana supports Falun Gong.

After the march, practitioners assembled at Sumidagawa, and took a group photo to send greetings to Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, for the upcoming World Falun Dafa Day (May 13) and the 25th anniversary of the public introduction of the practice in China.

Group photo taken to send World Falun Dafa Day (May 13) greetings to Master Li Hongzhi.

Background:

On April 23-24, 1999, police officials in Tianjin, a city near Beijing, assaulted and arrested dozens of Falun Gong practitioners who had gathered outside a magazine office to discuss errors in a recently-published article attacking Falun Gong. As word spread of the arrests and more Falun Gong practitioners inquired with officials, they were told they had to take their appeals to Beijing. The following day, April 25, some 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners spontaneously gathered at the central appeals office in Beijing, as they had been instructed by Tianjin officials. The gathering was peaceful and orderly. Several Falun Gong representatives were called in to meet with Chinese Premier, Zhu Rongji, and members of his staff. That evening, the concerns of Falun Gong practitioners were addressed, the arrested practitioners in Tianjin were released, and everyone went home.

Related article in Chinese: http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2017/4/21/“四二五”前-日本学员反迫害游行-民众支持(图)-345907.html

Source – http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2017/4/22/162929.html

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Stories of Falun Gong Practitioners 法轮功学员的故事

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Photo of the Week 本周图片 – Students in Bangkok learning to practice the Falun Gong exercises 泰国中学生学炼法轮功

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From – http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2014/5/21/1270.html (English),

http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2014/5/20/289518.html (Chinese)

Photo of the Week 本周图片 – Indonesia: Demonstrating Falun Gong on Car-Free Day 印尼雅加达无车日 法轮功学员集体炼功

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图:雅加达法轮功学员在周日无车日集体炼功,吸引着人们的目光,并驻足了解法轮功。

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【明慧网二零一四年三月十九日】在经历了几个星期的阴雨之后,雅加达终于迎来了一个晴朗的假日,二零一四年三月十六日是星期天,市民们纷纷来到街上运动,骑单车、慢跑、或散步。在喧闹的大街上,人们注意到:有一群人正在炼着法轮功,他们就像沙漠中的一片绿洲,带来一股平静、祥和的力量。在雅加达,每个星期天的早上都是政府规定的塔木林大街的无车日,这是一项旨在改善雅加达的空气质量和提高居民健康的措施。
法轮功学员集体炼功的这股祥和的力量吸引着经过的路人,他们停下脚步,走近前来,或观看,或交谈。当他们了解到,这是一个没有组织,完全免费的运动后,纷纷加入,学起了法轮功的五套功法。一位中年的印尼华人在一旁静静地看了一个多小时,后来他告诉法轮功学员,他真的被法轮大法所吸引,他要在网上查找更多的相关资料来了解。两位来自苏门答腊北部城市棉兰的男士,他们正在雅加达做短暂的旅行,他们说以前曾在棉兰遇到法轮功,但是还没有尝试过。其中一个人说,法轮功所提倡的做好人,还有“忍”,都很重要。他们说,当回到棉兰以后,会去找当地的炼功点。

一个曾在香港工作过的先生说,他在香港见过法轮功,他知道,法轮功在中国受到共产邪党的迫害。他还说,中共政府迫害很多信仰团体,迫害那里的人民。在离开之前,他非常愉快地带走了法轮功的真相资料。

(Minghui.org) After a few weeks of rain, March 16, another Car-Free Sunday in Jakarta, Indonesia, was a bright sunny day. The main street was closed to cars, and pedestrians were encouraged to participate in more outdoor activities.

Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated the exercises, bringing the peacefulness and beauty of Falun Gong to the busy city.

Many people stopped by and spoke to the practitioners, and some of them followed along in doing the exercises.

An Indonesian-Chinese watched the exercises for an hour. He told the practitioners later that he really liked the peaceful movements, and that he would look for more Falun Gong information online.

Two gentlemen traveling from Sumatra had seen Falun Gong practitioners in their hometown. “Falun Gong teaches people to be truthful and compassionate,” one of them said, “The teaching of forbearance is very important, too.”

The other one indicated interest in learning the exercises, and said that he would look for his local exercise site upon returning home.

A local resident who had worked in Hong Kong commented: “I saw Falun Gong there, and I know that it’s being persecuted in China. People have no freedom of belief there.” He took a variety of Falun Gong materials before he left.

Photo of the Week 本周图片 – Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Divine Land Marching Band Stands Out at the Lantern Festival Grand Parade 高雄元宵节踩街 法轮功团体受瞩目(图)

【明慧网二零一四年二月十六日】(明慧记者孙柏高雄报导)高雄灯会于二零一四年元月二十八日开幕,至二月十四日晚的元宵节“烟火秀”达最高潮,结合商圈店家和周边街道灯饰造景,并邀数十个艺术团队表演,今年前来参观灯会的游客达近百万人次。在灯会的“爱幸福~花车大游行”踩街活动中,台湾法轮大法天国乐团受邀作压轴表演,吸引数万群众观赏。

天国乐团200多位成员,整齐雄壮的队伍,震撼的乐音成为民众最瞩目的焦点,让高雄市民留下深刻印象,被团团人潮前拥后簇围绕前进。不少民众高举着手机、相机拍照留念。一群年轻人说跟着法轮功队伍走,最有精神,心情最愉悦。

February 17, 2014 | By Sun Baigao, a Minghui correspondent in Kaohsiung, Taiwan 

(Minghui.org) The Divine Land Marching Band was invited to be the last performer at the Kaohsiung Lantern Festival Parade on February 14. The parade titled “Love and Happiness” and the fireworks show on the same night was the climax of the festival that started on January 28 and has attracted nearly a million visitors. Dozens of groups participated in the parade. Many businesses along the route decorated their stores with lanterns.

Over 200 members of the Divine Land Marching Band marched down the streets in an orderly and majestic formation, playing uplifting and joyful tunes.

A large group of young people followed the Falun Gong procession in the parade. They said that they felt happy, excited and energized by it.

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天国乐团是最有人气的队伍。整齐雄壮的队伍,震撼的乐音成为民众最瞩目的焦点,不少民众高举着手机、相机拍照留念。On February 14, 2014, the Divine Land Marching Band of Falun Gong was invited to be the last performer at the Kaohsiung Lantern Festival grand parade.

Photo of the Week 本周图片 – Taiwan: Six Thousand Practitioners Line Up to Form Gigantic Image 台湾六千人排字 场面壮观震撼民众

Taiwan: Six Thousand Practitioners Line Up to Form Gigantic Image – A Spectacular Sight Forbidden in Mainland China

台湾六千人排字 场面壮观震撼民众

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From – http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2013/11/24/283080.html (Chinese),

http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/11/28/143422.html (English)