Annual Anti-Persecution Rally Coming to DC

By Tang Wen
Tang Wen
Tang Wen
July 10, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON—Five thousand Falun Gong practitioners from all parts of the world will gather in Washington, D.C. on July 12 to protest the 13-year-long persecution against Falun Gong practitioners in China.

After former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin ordered the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, Falun Gong practitioners from all parts of the world began gathering every year in Washington, D.C. to participate in large-scale rallies—protesting the persecution and calling on the U.S. government and the world to help bring an immediate end to it.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a Chinese meditation practice based in truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. The Chinese regime launched its persecution against the practice after a state-run poll found that 100 million people were practicing—more than there are members of the Chinese Communist Party.

Mr. Xue Bin, who is coordinating this year’s Anti-Persecution Rally, welcomes all people to join the rally. More than six U.S. Congress members, ten representatives of human rights and religious freedom groups, and several representatives of the persecuted victims will address the July 12 rally at the United States Capitol.

On Friday, July 13, a Falun Gong parade will start from the White House and end at the Washington Monument. The parade has several themes, including “Worldwide Popularity of Falun Dafa,” “Appalling Injustice—the Persecution of Falun Gong,” “Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party,” and “Quitting the CCP.”

At the Washington Monument, celebrities and representatives of different groups will deliver speeches to support the anti-persecution activities and 120 million people who have quit the CCP and its affiliated groups.

Epoch Times Photo
2011—In Washington, D.C., Falun Gong practitioners held a candlelight vigil at the Washington Monument, in a large formation spelling out the Chinese characters meaning, "Falun Dafa is good." (Edward Dai/The Epoch Times)

A candlelight vigil will be held on Friday evening in front of the Washington Monument in memory of those tortured to death during the 13-year-long persecution.

Please refer to the event’s official website for more information.

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